According to Time Magazine, the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council recently reported food-borne illnesses in the U.S. cause more than 5,000 deaths each year. The recalls listed here are voluntary on behalf of the manufacturers, for the surprising reason that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t have the power to recall food. Until we have mandatory FDA food inspections, we are at our own risk. So the best you can do until the Senate decides to change this is remain mindful of what you buy, wash your food and hands well, prevent cross-contamination by keeping raw meats separate from produce, and if possible, buy organic (especially the dirty dozen).
Here are the latest major U.S. Food Recalls:
(For the full Huffington Post article click here)
- Ground Beef 6.23.10 – USDA Food & Safety and Inspection Service has recalled 38,700 Lbs. of ground Beef today due to potential E.coli contamination.
- Marie Callender’s Frozen Food 6.18.10 – Marie Callender’s Cheesy Chicken and Rice Frozen Meal has been recalled due to 29 reported cases of Salmonella.
- Kroger Chocolate Ice Cream 6.15.10 – Kroger’s Chocolate Ice Cream failed to note the inclusion of nuts in the ingredient label (putting those with nut allergies at risk).
- Subway 6.8.10 – Subway chains in Illinois were recently linked to 48 outbreaks of a rare form of Salmonella.
- Wal-Mart Alfalfa Sprouts 5.24.10 – Alfalfa Sprouts sold by Caldwell Fresh Foods to more than 400 Wal-Mart stores have been linked to at least 22 cases of Salmonella poisoning in 10 states.
- Freshway Lettuce 5.7.10 – Freshway foods has recalled lettuce bought from an Arizona grower and sold in 23 states that has been linked to 19 cases of E.coli.