These Popular Aldi Foods Have Been Recalled — Avoid Them at All Costs

If you frequently shop at Aldi, you might be in for an unpleasant surprise. A ton of popular Aldi foods and products have been recalled recently. We’ve gone through the list, so you can be aware of the products you should avoid.

Here are 10 recalled Aldi items you should avoid at all costs. You’ll definitely want to avoid No. 9, even though it looks so healthy.

1. Ambiano Mini Deep Fryers

Aldi building seen on a blue day.

Aldi is giving customers back their money for certain products. | Sean Gallup/Getty Images

  • Recalled: May 10, 2018
  • Reason: Overheating

Aldi’s most recent recall involves Ambiano mini deep fryers. They are being recalled because the fryer could overheat, leading to a risk of fire or burns. If you own one of these fryers, the U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission recommends returning it to your local Aldi store for a full refund. The barcode numbers and additional details on the recalled fryers can be found on the CPSC website.

Next: You won’t be happy with this leafy green on your plate.

 2. Happy Harvest Canned Spinach

Spinach on a wooden table.

Some canned spinach products could be contaminated. | Istetiana/iStock/Getty Images

  • Recalled: April 20, 2018
  • Reason: Possible peanut contamination

If you eat this product, you might not be so happy. This is especially true if you have a peanut allergy. Aldi, along with McCall Farms, recalled cases of Happy Harvest Canned Spinach because of the possibility of peanut contamination. This is a result of mislabeled products. If you or someone you know has a peanut allergy, and you bought this product from Aldi, you’ll want to make sure you didn’t get one of these cans.

Said Aldi representatives in a press release: “The affected product is a 13.5 oz. can of spinach with the lot code of A23IX. The best-by date is January 2021, with the following UPC code: 041498131289.” So far, no illnesses have been reported because of the mislabeled cans.

Next: A disgusting find in the frozen food section

3. Frozen Vegetables

Mixed vegetables separated in rows.

A horrifying thing to find in your frozen vegetables. | BravissimoS/iStock/Getty Images

  • Recalled: February 2018
  • Reason: Rat parts

Yes, you read that correctly. Somehow, rat bits made it into packages of vegetables sold at Aldi. The store removed roughly 38,000 packages of frozen vegetables from the shelves after Aldi customer Pat Bateman complained she found half a rat in her package. She told The Sun, a UK newspaper, she was feeding her two-year-old granddaughter when she made the sickening discovering.

Next: This mix-up could result in contamination.

4. Southern Grove Unsalted Almonds

Whole almonds in a bowl.

Those with allergies should be understandingly concerned about this one. | YelenaYemchuk/iStock/Getty Images

  • Recalled: February 2, 2018
  • Reason: Possible wheat and soy contamination

If you’re a fan of almonds, you’ll want to pay attention to this recall. Earlier in 2018, Kanan Enterprises and Aldi recalled Southern Grove Unsalted Almonds. Due to a packaging error, some of the Southern Grove Wasabi Soy Flavored Almonds may have been mixed in packages labeled Southern Grove Unsalted Almonds. This could be a big problem for some customers because some products could be contaminated with wheat and soy allergens that weren’t listed on the ingredients label.  

Next: You won’t scream for this ice cream.

 5. Sundae Shoppe Ice Cream

Dark Chocolate brownie Ice cream cone.

The ice cream has been recalled and was removed off shelves. | Bhofack2/iStock/Getty Images

  • Recalled: January 10, 2018
  • Reason: Possible Listeria contamination

Ice cream is a nice treat, but you’ll get more than you bargained for if this product is in your freezer. Aldi and Fieldbrook Foods Corp. voluntarily recalled Sundae Shoppe Orange Cream Bars, Raspberry Cream Bars and Ice Cream Bars that have a “best by” date between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018. This is because of a possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

Next: You won’t want this in your home after all.

6. Kidde fire extinguisher

Fire extinguisher close-up.

Families will be able to get refunds on those fire extinguishers. | Pavel Byrkin/iStock/Getty Images

  • Recalled: December 21, 2017
  • Reason: Defective parts

It’s smart to have a fire extinguisher in your home. However, this one shouldn’t be on your shopping list. Walter Kidde Portable Equipment, Inc. recalled Kidde multipurpose fire extinguishers sold in Aldi stores in 2015 and 2016 because it could become clogged or require extreme force. Consequently, there’s a possibility the extinguisher will not work during a fire.

Furthermore, the nozzle could become loose and pose an impact hazard. The recalled extinguishers were sold with the following UPC code: 047871001422.

Next: This fruit won’t actually keep the doctor away.

7. Apples

Fresh apples in wicker basket on wooden table.

These apples could be harmful. | YelenaYemchuk/iStock/Getty Images

  • Recalled: December 19, 2017
  • Reason: Possible Listeria contamination

An apple a day keeps the doctor away? Not in this case. Jack Brown Produce Inc. and Aldi voluntarily recalled apples that were available for purchase in stores starting December 13, 2017. The apples were recalled because of a possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The apples were sold in Aldi stores located in Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, South Carolina and North Carolina.

Next: This sweet treat has a little something extra.

8. Choceur Dark Chocolate Bar

Pain dark chocolate and dark chocolate candy bars.

The company was quick to recall this chocolate. | iStock.com

  • Recalled: December 7, 2017
  • Reason: Undeclared almond pieces

If you’re a chocolate lover and you have a nut allergy, pay attention to this recall. Hofer KG ZNL Schokoladefab and Aldi voluntarily recalled Choceur Dark Chocolate Bars because of the potential presence of almond pieces that were not listed in the product’s ingredients list. In a press release, Aldi says the affected product is a 5.29 oz. chocolate bar with brown and red wrapping and a best-by date of July 24, 2018. The UPC code is 4149817964.

Next: A big disgusting problem lurks in these seemingly healthy products.

9. Little Salad Bar and Mann’s Vegetable Products

Vegetable cole slaw on a plate.

Some of your vegetable products from Aldi might need to go back to the store. | iStock.com

  • Recalled: October 19, 2017
  • Reason: Possible Listeria contamination

It seems like Listeria is becoming a big problem these days. Mann Packaging and Aldi voluntarily recalled some varieties of Little Salad Bar and Mann’s vegetable products because of possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Some of the varieties to watch out for are Little Salad Bar Broccoli Florets, Little Salad Bar Broccoli Slaw, and Mann’s Nourish Bowls Southwest Chipotle, among others.

Next: This shouldn’t be on your breakfast menu.

 10. Breakfast Best Original Fully Cooked Sausage Patties

A grilled sausage on a wooden table.

The sausages could be contaminated. | MikeyGen73/iStock/Getty Images

  • Recalled: October 19, 2017
  • Reason: Reason: Possible Listeria contamination

Fair Oaks Farms, LLC, and Aldi voluntarily recalled Breakfast Best Original Fully Cooked Sausage Patties due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Aldi said in a press release the affected product is sold in a 32 oz. bag that has the UPC code 041498162436 with a sell-by date of May 15, 2018. The product also includes the establishment number “17479T” on the bottom of the package. The sausage patties were sold at Aldi locations in Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin.

Next: Is the quality starting to slip at Aldi?

Why Aldi once got a failing grade

An Aldi supermarket.

Aldi stores haven’t always been perfect. | Megan Elliott/The Cheat Sheet

Apparently, Aldi has a lot of work to do. The supermarket recently got low marks in a survey conducted by the Center for Biological Diversity that analyzed food waste at the largest U.S. grocers. Aldi received a grade of F when it came to eliminating food waste. Among the 10 companies included in the survey, Aldi was the only supermarket that did not participate in a food recycling program. The store received a score of two for accountability and prevention and a three for recovery and recycling.

Next: Why are their prices so low?

Why Aldi’s prices are so low

A cart filled with products.

Aldi cuts corners on aesthetics and branding to bring you good prices. | Alex Wong/Getty Images

Have you ever wondered why Aldi’s prices are so low? The bargain-basement prices are a result of several factors. On reason for the amazing deals is the supermarket does not rely on brand-name products. They also have a smaller product selection. In addition, they sell pre-packaged foods and they don’t spend a lot of money trying to make the store look nice. Updating the look of a store takes money, but Aldi doesn’t spend cash on this. Concrete floors and a minimalist look are what you’ll see during your shopping experience.

Next: Never buy these items at Aldi.

Things you should never buy at Aldi

An Aldi produce section.

You’re better off getting these products elsewhere. | Megan Elliott/The Cheat Sheet

Other than the recalled items listed above, there are some things you should avoid purchasing from Aldi. When it comes to price and quality, you’ll need to be careful. Items you might want to reconsider include produce, meat, and paper products. Aldi’s produce tends to go bad quickly. The meat and paper products can be found at lower prices elsewhere.

Next: These items are OK to buy.

 Things you should buy at Aldi

A man shopping at an Aldi's location.

Here’s what you should add to your cart. | Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Don’t worry, it’s not all bad news. When it comes to both price and quality, Aldi is a good choice for some food products and household items. You can get great deals on gardening supplies, shower heads, cookware, razors, and camping gear. When it comes to food, you can get more bang for you buck when you purchase organic items, dairy, and Aldi’s private-label products.

Next: Be the first to know about a recall.

How you can stay on top of recalled products

Customers shop at an Aldi grocery store.

An important thing to stay on top of. | Scott Olson/Getty Images

Most of the time, you probably find out about a recall from a friend or the news, but not all recalls are reported in the news. One way to stay on top of product recalls is to regularly check Recalls.gov. This website list recalls on everything from household items to medicine. You can also have recall information sent directly to your inbox.

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