Major Food Recalls of 2018
Unfortunately, numerous food and drink products were recalled throughout 2018. In fact, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) database, there were 1,928 food and cosmetic recalls throughout this year. Regardless of the strict standards and screenings that the FDA abides by, numerous hidden dangers can sneak into our food, such as, food-borne bacteria contamination, foreign particles in the food, or undeclared allergens. We compiled a list of some of the major food products that were recalled this year. Hopefully, you managed to avoid these recalls throughout 2018.
Panera Cream Cheese: In January, Panera Bread recalled all of their two and eight-ounce cream cheese products nationwide. The product tested positive for listeria, however, there were no illnesses reported.
Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Cereal: In June, Kellogg’s recalled this popular cereal after a salmonella outbreak occurred across 31 states. This included 24 hospitalizations.
Goldfish Crackers: Pepperidge Farms recalled four different flavors of Goldfish in July due to salmonella concerns. No illnesses were reported, the recall was a result of extreme caution.
Wish-Bone Italian Dressing: In July, this dressing was recalled due to mislabeling. The product label did not state that the product contained milk and eggs, which are both dangerous food allergens.
McDonald’s Salads: More than 3,000 McDonald’s locations pulled salads from their menu in July of this year due to customers contracting cyclospora after consuming the salads. The parasite outbreak started in the Midwest but quickly spread nationwide. As of August, there were 395 individuals infected, with 16 of those individuals being hospitalized. The restaurant chain has since changed their lettuce supplier.
Raw Beef: Between the beginning of August and September, JBS Tolleson recalled 6.5 million pounds of raw beef products due to an outbreak of salmonella. Two months later, another 5.1 million pounds of beef were recalled by JBS, Laura’s Lean, and Kroger, increasing the number to 12 million pounds of recalled beef. This outbreak infected 246 people across 25 states.
Wayne Farms Frozen Chicken: There was a nationwide recall of frozen chicken products that were contaminated by metal fragments in September of this year. There was a customer complaint, but no reported injuries.
Duncan Hines Boxed Cake Mix: Duncan Hines recalled four different types of cake mix this November. The recalled mixes included Classic White, Classic Yellow, Classic Butter Golden, and Classic Confetti. Five salmonella-related illnesses were reported.
Ground Turkey: In November, there were more than 147,000 pounds of recalled ground turkey, primarily produced by Jeannie-O. The turkey was tied to a salmonella outbreak which infected 164 individuals from 30 different states, this included one death in California.
Romaine Lettuce: There were two different romaine lettuce recalls throughout this year. Both recalls were due to E. coli outbreaks. The first recall occurred in April, which resulted in 210 illnesses and 96 hospitalizations. The second recall happened in November, which resulted in 43 illnesses. It is believed that the bacteria reached the lettuce through canal water.
As we start the year of 2019, we hope to see improvements from the FDA in identifying potential hazards in foods before they hit the shelves. Unfortunately, we may see many food-related recalls this year, just like we did in 2018. It is extremely important that consumers pay attention to recalls, and make sure to discard of any recalled product they have in their possession.
When consumers are exposed to health risks, they have a right to take action in order to hold responsible parties accountable. By taking action, you can secure the compensation you need, while also sending a message to the industry that proper screening measures are crucial in order to keep consumers safe from illness. If you have been subjected to illness as a result of consuming a contaminated product, the food product and container attorneys at Spiros Law P.C. are ready to fight for you. Contact us at (815) 929-9292 for a free consultation and to further discuss your situation.