Harris Teeter, Kroger, Whole Foods, 7-Eleven, Walmart and Trader Joe´s are some of the big food purveyors who have recalled thousands of pounds of ready-to-eat salads and other food items such as burritos, pizzas, wraps, and more. This is due to a possible threat of listeria and salmonella contamination.
The recall is from the food produce by many manufacturers such as Bakkavor Foods, Ruiz Food Products, and Envolve Foods amongst others. The U. S. Department of Agriculture was notified by the food makers about the products that were distributed and that could possibly be contaminated with bacteria. Some of those products contain ingredients such as diced onions, corn, and other vegetables. According to the USDA, all of these products are prepared and produced by McCain Foods.
The first recalls were released on October 17 by the USDA. At first, there were moderately insignificant quantities, ranging from 217 to 940 pounds of different salads. Some of the products that were recalled a week ago and that were possibly contaminated with bacteria are Whole Foods´ Santa Fe salad with chicken, Trader Joe´s labeled barbecue flavored chicken salad, and Walmart´s fiesta salad that contained steak; all of them being sold in different stores in California.
Nonetheless, some of the most recent food recalled involved greater quantities of ingredients containing meat and poultry products such as bacon, cheese burritos and eggs, cheese breakfast burritos, and egg whites, which total over 795,261 pounds of possibly contaminated food.
According to the Agricultural Department, some of the products that could be contaminated with salmonella and listeria monocytogenes may contain an onion ingredient distributed by McCain Foods. Bakkavor Foods, which manufactures products for Trader Joe´s and Harris Teeter, also has manufacturing facilities in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Charlotte, California, and Jessup.
The recall shows first hand just how interconnected and complex the food system in the U.S. really is. You might have bought something from a store, but the company that manufactured that product is likely not the one selling it or even distributing it, but could be as many as three companies ago.
According to the USDA, most of the products manufactured and distributed nationally for Harris Teeter, had “use by dates of October 24 and October 25, and were produced between September 27, 2017 and October 15, 2018.
According to McCain and the USDA, McCain has willingly recognized a possible health risk but as for now, there hasn´t been any confirmed reports of illness related to the consumption of any of the products.