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

When it comes to buying in bulk, many people prefer Costco to any other warehouse-style store. But buyers shouldn’t just be on the look out for food prices and deals — they should also beware of when food is recalled. Not sure what those products are?

Let’s take a quick look at foods carried at Costco that have been recalled, including a popular snack (No. 9) and a certain type of burger (No. 12).

1. Pre-cut melon: Salmonella

Watermelon sliced into sections and arranged on a wooden table.

Don’t buy this summer snack. | iStock.com/margouillatphotos

  • The contamination: Recalled in 23 states

Following a slamonella outbreak in June of 2018, at least 23 states are recalling pre-cut melon products. At least 31 people have been hospitalized, according to the CDC.

Costco is one of the several retailers where the products are under recall.

Specifically, the FDA is advising residents of the following states to avoid pre-cut melon: Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia or Wisconsin.

Next: Watch out for these patties

2. Foster Farms Ready-To-Eat Chicken patties: Plastic pieces

A plate of chicken patties and broccoli.

Customers found plastic in chicken patties bought at Costco’s. | iStock.com

  • The contamination: Pieces of plastic found in the patties

Chicken shows up quite a few times on Coscto’s list of recalled products. As does Foster Farms products. These breaded chicken patties were recalled in 2017 after consumers in western states complained that they found pieces of plastic in their food.

Next: This popular snack can make you seriously sick …

3. Jalapeno flavored potato chips: Salmonella

Lay's kettle cooked jalapeño chips.

Don’t add these chips to your cart. | FritoLay

  • The contamination: Possible salmonella contamination

Frito-Lay has a wide range of potato chip flavors out there. But one popular flavor, jalapeno, began flying off the shelves for the wrong reasons. In 2017, the company voluntarily recalled its jalapeno flavored Lay’s Kettle Cooked chips and Miss Vickie’s Jalapeno Kettle Cooked Chips due to seasoning being possibly contaminated with salmonella.

Next: Not-so-healthy health food shake  …

4. Organic Plant Based Protein Superfood 30 Shake: Trace peanut allergens

Protein powder on a table.

A protein shake that could those who are addicted to peanuts. | iStock.com

  • The contamination: Traces of peanuts could cause allergic reactions

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration posted Nutiva’s voluntary recall announcement in March 2017. The Organic Superfoods company issued a voluntary recall because their vanilla and chocolate shakes — carried at Costco — possibly contained traces of peanuts.

Next: This health food contained a deadly organism …

5. Sabra hummus: Listeria

A bowl of hummus and sliced pita chips.

If you’ve recently purchased hummus at Costco’s, you might want to be careful. | iStock.com

  • The contamination: Listeria, which can be deadly

Sabra Dipping Company issued a recall of several products in late 2016. The reason? A deadly bacteria called Listeria monocytogenes was found at the manufacturing facility. (Get used to seeing that name, it’s on our list a lot.) According the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, listeriosis kills more than 200 people a year and is especially dangerous in newborns and people with weak immune systems.

Next: Hummus wasn’t the only food affected by listeria …

6. Chicken skewers: Listeria

Chicken Skewers on a white plate.

Costco’s had recalled chicken products, including the chicken skewers. | Voltan1/Getty Images

  • The contamination: Listeria

The USDA announced in August 2017 a variety of chicken skewer meals carried at Costco were being recalled. Montreal-based company Expresco Foods Inc. recalled over 20,000 pounds of imported chicken skewers that were potentially contaminated with listeria.

Next: This treat is not so sweet …

7. Nestle drumsticks: Listeria

A box of Nestlee Drumsticks.

Not the summer treat you want to give your kids. | Nestlee

  • The contamination: Listeria

Ice cream and other dessert goodies are common buys at Costco. But in October 2016, Nestle recalled its 16-count drumstick variety packs and 24-count vanilla drumstick packs after listeria was found at one of their production plants.

Next: More poultry problems …

8. Tyson chicken nuggets: Plastic pieces

Chicken nuggets in a plate.

The Tyson chicken nuggets also had plastic in them. | OlgaMiltsova/iStock/Getty Images

  • The contamination: Pieces of plastic in the chicken

There are few things more synonymous with shopping at Costco than buying a huge pack of chicken nuggets. Sadly, some of those tasty bites were tainted. Tyson recalled its five pound bags of chicken nuggets in 2016 after consumers complained about finding pieces of plastic in the chicken.

Next: A familiar foe attacks everyone’s favorite bars …

9. Nature Valley nut bars: Listeria

A box of Nature Valley Crunchy granola bars.

You might want to be careful when it comes to these chewy granola bars. | Nature Valley

  • The contamination: Listeria

Costco’s a great place to stock up on trail mix and snack bars, making Nature Valley products a popular buy. But some of the brands most popular bars were recalled in June 2016 when their sunflower kernel supplier SunOpta issued a national recall due to the presence of listeria. 

Next: More kernel troubles …

10. Clif Bar Energy bars: Listeria

Clif bar on a white background.

Costco’s recalled these bars due to contamination. | Clif Bar & Company

  • The contamination: Potential listeria contamination

Nature Valley wasn’t the only company wrapped up in SunOpta’s nation-wide recall. Popular protein bar company Clif Bar recalled their Nuts & Seeds and Trail Mix bars due to potential listeria contamination, although there were no reports of anyone getting sick.

Next: And the recall continued …

11. Kashi trail mix snack bars (and other products): Listeria

A granola bar on a wooden board.

An easy and affordable snack, but not worth the risk. | iStock.com

  • The contamination:  Listeria

The SunOpta recall also affected Kashi, who expanded their initial voluntary recall of snack bars to granola and other products. The listeria scare and recall — along with other reported problems with frozen fruit — cost SunOpta millions of dollars.

Next: Burger fans beware …

12. Dr. Praeger’s veggie burgers: Listeria

A veggie burger on a plate.

Another product you should avoid. | iStock.com

  • The contamination: Listeria

Heck, who doesn’t like buying burger patties in bulk from Costco? Probably anyone that bought Dr. Praeger’s veggie burgers between  November 26, 2015 and March 28, 2017. The reason for the recall? The patties were potentially contaminated with — drumroll, please — listeria.

Next: And it didn’t stop at veggie burgers …

13. Ajinomoto Windsor dishes: Listeria

Costco wholesale seen from the parking lot.

Costco has a contamination issue to deal with. | AmandaLewis/iStock/Getty Images

  • The contamination: Listeria

As you have probably guessed, 2016 was a bad year for Costco foods with potential listeria contamination. Before the big SunOpta recall over the summer, chicken dishes made by Ajinomoto Windsor Inc were recalled over fear of the bacteria. These dishes included Ajinomoto Yakitori Chicken Fried Rice, Petite Cuisine Southwest Chicken Firecrackers, and the Petite Cuisine Chicken Poblano Firecracker. These products were sold at Costco warehouses nationwide, and could have contaminated dating back to May 2014.

Next: Not a food, per-say, but still a threat …

14. General Mills flour: E.coli

A container full of flour.

You definitely don’t want contaminated flour in your pantry. | Modesigns58/iStock/Getty Images

  • The contamination: E.coli

If you have to buy baking products in bulk, why not go to Costco? Just beware of what brand you buy. In 2016, General Mills recalled multiple kinds of its flour due to break out of E.coli. (Although to be fair, all cases came from consumers eating raw products such as cookie dough. No cooked products reportedly caused illness.)

Next: More bad news for this edible bird …

15. Foster Farms chicken nuggets: Plastic pieces

Six chicken nuggets on a white background.

Plastic was found in different types of chicken products. | Kornnphoto/iStock/Getty Images

  • The contamination: Plastic in the chicken

Before there were plastic fragments in the chicken patties, Foster Farms had a problem with plastic fragments in their chicken nuggets. In April 2016, Foster Farms alerted Costco customers that a limited recall was placed on five pound bags of nuggets that were produced at their Farmerville, Louisiana location.

Next: Last but not least …

16. CRF frozen foods: Listeria

Frozen vegetables in a pile.

Some frozen vegetable packs have been recalled. | Issaurinko/Getty Images

  • The contamination: Listeria

CRF had to issue a major recall in May 2016 when listeria threatened their frozen fruits and vegetables.The recall included both organic and non-organic produce, spanning “358 consumer products sold under 42 separate brands” including some Bybee and Kirkland produce sold at Costco.

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