Monday, July 23, 2012

The 18 Food Recalls This Month That You Never Heard About - July 20th, 2012
A few times per year a food recall will make newspaper headlines, usually after the populace is sickened in some spectacular way. But a look at the FDA's helpful catalog of lesser recalls speaks volumes about work-a-day troubles with the nation's food pipeline. Recalls happen far more frequently than you might think. Read on if you need an excuse to visit your local farmers' market.
By the Numbers
For the past 30 days, there have been 18 food recalls posted on the FDA's site, including:
Five products recalled for salmonella including a Romaine lettuce sold in California and Nevada, fresh sprouts from two different manufacturers, and a children's pro-biotic supplement (apparently more aggressively pro-biotic than intended).
Four recalled for Listeria monocytogenes 
Two cheeses and two bagged salad greens may contain this bacteria. When pregnant women are cautioned against soft ripened cheeses and deli meats, this is the potentially abortion-causing bug the obstetrician is trying to help them avoid.

Two products recalled because they may contain small metal fragments, a pasta salad and a "cheeseburger skillet dinner," whatever that is.

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