These Everyday Foods Have Been Recalled — Avoid Them at All Costs

The last thing you should fear while grocery shopping is your purchases making you sick. Unfortunately, food recalls occur rather often. states if there’s reason to believe a food is contaminated, it must be taken off the market. Grocery stores have recalled the following popular products. Check your fridge for this everyday breakfast item that will make you sick (page 10.) 

1. Nathan’s and Curtis hot dogs

Beef franks from Nathan's

Ketchup, mustard, and … metal with your hot dog? | CBS Boston via Youtube

What’s wrong: metal inside the hot dogs

If you store hot dogs in your freezer, be sure to check if yours are on the recall list. CNN reports Nathan’s and Curtis beef franks both recalled over 200,000 pounds of hot dogs due to complaints that consumers found metal objects in the products. No one has reported an injury from consumption yet. But if you still have a package in your freezer, it’s time to get rid of it.

Next: Eat this and you may taste something squishy.

2. JBS USA ground beef

Ground beef and seasonings in a white and green skillet.

If you live in North Carolina, you should keep an eye out for this beef in your freezer. | Vinicef/iStock/Getty Images

What’s wrong: shredded styrofoam mixed in with the ground beef

We have bad news for East Coasters who purchase JBS ground beef: a massive recall. WRAL reported nearly 5,000 pounds of ground beef may be contaminated with packaging materials, like shredded styrofoam. The recalled beef was produced back in July, so check your frozen meats if you think you may have bought some around this time.

Next: These hash browns belong somewhere strange.

3. Harris Teeter and Roundy’s hash browns

A hash brown mixed with a black spatula

Unfortunately, you’ll have to steer clear of this brand’s breakfast dish. | MSPhotographic/iStock/Getty Images

What’s wrong: golf balls in your hash browns

Now this is bizarre. Hash browns sold from Harris Teeter or Roundy’s Supermarkets may contain golf ball materials, says CNN. Apparently, the golf ball materials “may have been inadvertently harvested with potatoes used to make this product.” It’s possible this poses a choking hazard. Look for the production code “B170119” on the back of the bag to see if yours is contaminated.

Next: This controversial chicken brand snuck in something extra.

4. Tyson ready-to-eat chicken products

A Tyson poultry truck

Tyson deals with a lot of controversy. | Mario Villafuerte/Getty Images

What’s wrong: frozen chicken contaminated with unwanted milk

There’s no easier dinner to prepare than Tyson’s frozen chicken. If you have a milk allergy, however, you’ll want to discard the products the company recently recalled. Over 82,000 cases of chicken products don’t mention they contain milk. No illnesses have been reported from this slip-up yet. But Tyson’s products are available across the U.S., so the company is still wary.

Next: This fruit sure isn’t good for you.

5. Great Value Frozen Organic Dark Sweet Pitted Cherries

Cherries on a wooden board

Opt for fresh cherries the next time you’re in the mood for their sweet taste. | Timmary/Getty Images

What’s wrong: contaminated with listeria

Just because the label says organic doesn’t mean it’s safe. The FDA announced these cherries contain a possible listeria contamination. About 90 cases of the cherries are recalled. If you do contract listeria as a healthy adult, you’ll likely only suffer short-term symptoms, like high fever, digestion, and headache. In young children and the elderly, however, it can cause fatal infections.

Next: Your favorite dip may be on the recall list. 

6. House of Thaller hummus

A dish full of hummus and carrot sticks.

Consider making your own hummus at home. | Robyn Mac/iStock/Getty Images Plus

What’s wrong: listeria in your appetizer

This Tennessee-based company voluntarily recalled some of its hummus products due to a possible listeria contamination. In this case, the chickpeas weren’t the problem — it was the pine nut topping. If you shop at Fresh Foods Market, Lantana, or Marketside, then your hummus may be this brand.

Next: Boneless’ meat shouldn’t come with this warning.

7. Banquet Salisbury Steaks & Brown Gravy

Banquet Salisbury Steaks

These steaks got bony. | WTNH News8 via Youtube

What’s wrong: bones in your family’s steak

If your go-to quick meal is a Banquet frozen dinner, pay attention to this recall. Good Housekeeping says you could find bones in more than 135,000 pounds of Salisbury family-style steak meals. So far, customers have complained of minor oral injuries while eating the steak. Look for “P-115” on the side of boxes, as well as a code “5006 8069 10 05” and a “best by” date of September 01, 2019.

Next: Your favorite snack may not be safe. 

8. Frito-Lay kettle cooked chips

A bag of Lay's Kettle Cooked Jalapeño chips.

You can still pick a bag of these up if you’re in the mood for a crunchy snack. | FritoLay

What’s wrong: chips with a side of salmonella

Frito-Lay recalled their Jalapeño Flavored Lay’s Kettle Cooked chips and Jalapeño Flavored Miss Vickie’s Kettle Cooked chips in April due to salmonella concerns in the seasoning. Luckily, the actual chips didn’t contain salmonella, and there was no reported illness. Any chips available for purchase right now are totally safe.

Next: Gross meaning to the phrase “bursting at the seams”

9. Bush’s Best Baked Beans

a can of Bush's Brown Sugar Hickory Baked Beans

Swap these with safer packaging. | Bush’s Baked Beans via Facebook

What’s wrong: bad packaging

This recall isn’t the most serious, but check your cans if you’re a fan of Bush’s beans. The Brown Sugar Hickory Baked Beans, Country Style Baked Beans, and Original Baked Beans could have defective side seams. Discard your cans if you read “Best By” dates show “Jun 2019.” No one has reported an illness from Bush’s products, but better to be safe than sorry.

10. Rose Acre Farms Eggs


Choose your eggs wisely. | United News International via Youtube

What’s wrong: salmonella in your omelet

In April 2018, an Indiana egg farm recalled 206,749,248 eggs, according to ABC 7. So far, the FDA has reported 22 illnesses connected to the eggs, which are potentially contaminated with salmonella. Grocery stores and restaurants (like Walmart, Food Lion, and Waffle House) in Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

How to check your eggs: Look on the carton for the plant number, P-1065, with the date range of 011 through 102. If you spot this, return your eggs asap.

Next: This soup company isn’t immune to food recalls. 

11. Campbell’s chicken soup products

Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup

You might want to clean out your pantry. | Sonyabeonit via Youtube

What’s wrong: the wrong contents, which contain milk

Check your pantry to see if you have Campbell’s chicken soup products, as yours may be recalled. This recall didn’t occur due to known pathogens, however. It happened because the cans’ contents are different from the label. The soup also contains milk, an allergen not listed in the ingredients. Want to know if your soup was on the recall list? On the bottom of the can, it will show “EST. 4R.”

Next: Re-evaluate your post-workout snack. 

12. Bhu Foods protein bars

Bhu Protein Bars in a brown basket.

Walk away from these protein bars. | Bhu Foods

What’s wrong: listeria contamination

Another food company that voluntarily recalled its products for possible contamination … The sunflower seeds in Bhu Foods’ protein bars may be contaminated with listeria. To be safe, the company recalled multiple flavors. If you love these products, make sure the ones in your pantry aren’t on the list.

Next: Don’t accept breakfast from this aunt.

13. Aunt Jemima frozen products

Aunt Jemima Frozen Waffle Slices

Stick with Aunt Jemima’s other products. | Aunt Jemima via Facebook

What’s wrong: listeria contamination

Check your freezer for Aunt Jemima pancakes, waffles, or French toast slices. Back in May, Pinnacle Foods Inc. said these products may be contaminated with listeria. No one reported feeling ill, but they’re taking precautions and warning you against consuming these breakfast foods. If you can’t get enough of Aunt Jemima’s pancakes, use the dry mixes and syrups.

Next: Health food lovers, beware.

14. Woodstock Organic Matcha Vanilla Oats

A bowl of oats with wheat next to it.

Luckily, other oatmeal options are available on supermarket shelves. | Matka_Wariatka/iStock/Getty Images

What’s wrong: listeria contamination

For health nuts, these Organic Matcha Vanilla Oats provided a filling, nutritious breakfast. Unfortunately, you may get more than you bargained for if you purchased yours in July. The oats produced around this time may be contaminated with listeria. If you suspect yours were recalled, look for a sell-by date of May 11, 2018, and this UPC code provided by the FDA.

Next: This tropical fruit is being recalled.  

15. Maradol papayas

A papaya cut in half on a wooden table.

Take precautions and check your labels. | Bennyartist/iStock/Getty Images

What’s wrong: listeria contamination

Love this tropical fruit? Make sure your papayas aren’t on the recall list. Maradol papayas from multiple farms in Mexico tested positive for salmonella. If you contract salmonella from this fruit, you can expect diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramping between one and three days after consumption. In some cases, the infection can be severe and require hospitalization.

The good news is the FDA believes no papayas from these farms are currently on the market, so at least that’s a relief.

Next: This company’s meat products may also pose a risk. 

16. CC Kitchens meat and poultry salad products

A chicken salad in a white bowl.

Those on-the-go salads might be convenient, but you’re better off getting something else. | Philly077/iStock/Getty Images

What’s wrong: listeria contamination

If you’re a fan of CC Kitchens’ pre-made salads, then you probably remember this recall from June. The company recalled over 2,000 pounds of salads containing meat or poultry due to listeria concerns. Luckily, the salads only have a six-day shelf life, so the major recall is behind us. But if you’re a fan of their Chef Salad or Chicken & Bacon Cobb Salad, it doesn’t hurt to know these were among the ones recalled.

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