Before you gather around the table this holiday season to celebrate with family and friends, you might want to eliminate a few things from your refrigerator and pantry.

“This year, food recalls occur on an almost weekly basis,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent health insurance agency.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) explain the increase in food recalls this year is not due to more contaminated food, but technological advancements in identifying tainted foods.

Below is a list of the most recent recalled food products.

Jimmy Dean Sausage

CTI Foods LLC, is recalling 29,028 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat pork and poultry sausage links. The products may contain pieces of metal.

For more information: https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2018/recall-120-2018-release

Del Monte Canned Corn

Del Monte Foods Inc. is recalling 64, 242 cases of Fiesta Corn Seasoned with Red & Green Peppers, due to under-processing. These deviations could cause contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens, which could lead to life-threatening illness if consumed.

For more information: https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm628259.htm

Ground Beef

JBS Tolleson Inc. is recalling more than 12 million pounds of beef products for possible salmonella contamination. Over 100 retailers distributed the beef, including Sam’s Club and Walmart. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) urges consumers to check their freezers for the tainted meat.

Salmonella symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever. Older adults, infants and those with a weakened immune system can develop a severe illness.

For more information: https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2018/recall-085-2018-EXP-release

Almond Butter & Sunflower Butter

Inspired Organics, LLC has issued a voluntary recall of Organic Almond Butter and Organic Sunflower Butter due to potential contamination of listeria. Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and other with weakened immune systems. It can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

For more information: https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm628680.htm 

https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm628186.htm

Salad Bowls

Apio Inc., issued a recall for several varieties of their pre-made salads. “Eat-Smart-Single-Serve Salad Shake Ups,” tested positive for listeria.

For more information: https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm628566.htm

Vegetables

Now that we can safely consume romaine lettuce, the same farm that is suspected in the romaine lettuce outbreak, Adams Bros. Farming Inc., is recalling red and green leaf lettuce, as well as cauliflower for E. coli contamination.

It is important to note, none of the tainted produce was distributed to wholesalers in Florida.

For more information: https://www.foodsafetynews.com/2018/12/california-farm-suspected-in-romaine-outbreak-recalls-other-produce/

“If you are in possession of any of the following tainted food items, return them to the store for a refund or toss them out,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s most dependable independent health insurance agency.

GreatFlorida Insurance sends a Happy Holidays greeting to all our valued agents as well as our appreciated customers across the state.

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