You might be afraid to tread the aisles at the grocery store right now, as there are currently a multitude of recalls in the morning’s news headlines. The biggest one is the more than 200 million eggs (so many eggs!) being recalled back to a Rose Acres farm in North Carolina. The company describes itself as the second-biggest egg supplier in the U.S. The New York Times states that “The federal Food And Drug Administration reported Friday that eggs from the affected farm were distributed to nine states—Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia—and were likely connected to 22 reported cases of salmonella infections.” Upon noticing a number of salmonella outbreaks, the FDA worked with the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention to help locate the source. “Eggs from the North Carolina farm were sold to restaurants and in supermarkets under multiple brand names, including Coburn Farms, Country Daybreak, Food Lion, Glenview, Great Value, Nelms and Sunshine Farms.” Food Safety News calls it the biggest egg recall since 2010.
Late last week, the Times also reported that “Nearly three dozen people have been infected in an E. coli outbreak linked to chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Ariz., region,” according to the CDC. Yesterday The Washington Post announced that “Fresh Foods Manufacturing, based in Freedom, Pa., is recalling the prepackaged products after learning last week from their romaine lettuce supplier that the vegetables may have been contaminated with Escherichia coli, the U.S. Department Of Agriculture said Saturday.… The recalled items, which were labeled ‘Great To Go By Market District,’ were shipped to retailers in Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia and had sell-by dates of April 13 to April 16.” The Post cautions that “thousands of pounds of prepackaged salad mixes may have been tainted with E. coli.”
Then today, suddenly popular website Food Safety News states that “Montana brand frozen strawberries are being pulled from Canadian stores because of possible hepatitis A contamination.” Besides avoiding the above-named brands of foods, check out foodsafety.gov for the latest on what to steer clear of at the supermarket.