How safe is your food?
One of the beauties of giant supermarkets and big refrigerators and freezers at home is that we can get tons of shopping done in one fell swoop and then have food at home for days or even weeks to come. Of course, it all depends how you feel about buying frozen foods or freezing them after they’ve been cooked, as opposed to choosing fresh. For many Americans, constantly running to the store or scouting out the newest and freshest groceries simply isn’t possible, whether due to financial restraints or due to the seasons, living in a more isolated region with limited access, or simply due to a busy schedule!
While there is something to be said about the quaint routine of going to a grocery store or farmer’s market regularly for fresh food—this is likely the way your grandparents shopped, and it is still the common way of running errands in many nations around the world—it simply isn’t the way most Americans shop in the 21st century, especially those of us living in a big household. Don’t believe me? Just look at the statistics around buying in bulk or the prevalence of wholesale retailers; these industries have grown enormously over the past decades, as have the standard sizes of fridges and freezers, which allow more space for American families to stock up. Perhaps this has to do with our materialistic nature or the need to be prepared, or maybe it’s just plain convenient! Either way, it’s our currently reality, at least until online retailers take over.
Unfortunately, it feels like you hear about food and product recalls or dangerous food-dwelling diseases almost all the time in the news and online. From small outbreaks to much larger national and international problems, these major threats to our health, families, and society are even more common than you think, and even your most trusted retailer likely has a long list of recalled items at any given moment.
With the current and now-deadly E. coli outbreak coming from romaine lettuce, we got to thinking, what else has been taken off shelves recently?
In 2016, more than 95% of Americans spent money at Walmart. This was followed by McDonalds and Target, respectively, so it goes to show that most Americans are looking for a good bargain, and that they know one when they see one.
How much do you trust your favorite stores? In our fast-paced, modern society, it’s easy to take things like quality, health, and safety for granted; after all, why would something end up on the shelf in your favorite store if multiple people and processes hadn’t carefully checked it first, right?
As it turns out, not always. Consumers need to spend more time carefully looking at the packaging and contents of all items they buy, especially when it comes to food and perishable items. Even more so, customers should pay close attention to any new lists of recalled products, whether from the government or from the stores they usually shop at. It may sound inconvenient or even unnecessary, but this simple practice could save your life.
Did you know there are popular items that have been recalled at virtually any time? Even when you’re not hearing about bad lettuce or yogurt in the news, the food industry is far from perfect, and from small farms and cattle ranches to major operation centers, there is plenty of room for error… especially when the culprit is microscopic.
Are you worried about the food in your fridge, freezer, and pantry? Keep reading to see a full list of items currently recalled from the shelves at Walmart! Remember, some of these you may have bought a WHILE ago, so be sure to check the corresponding information or call the store or factory if you have any questions.
If you’ve been following the news at all over the past week, chances are you’ve heard about the frightening E. coli outbreak plaguing the United States at the moment. Luckily, most vendors are tracking down and recalling all potentially harmful shipments.
Walmart has presently recalled romaine lettuce and chopped romaine lettuce.
According to the CDC, the outbreak is not over (and it may even be growing), so it is not safe to eat romaine lettuce at the moment unless you can verify its origins. The outbreak is believed to have started with romaine grown in Yuma, Arizona, so if you are unsure of where yours is from, the CDC advises you to “ask your suppliers about the source of their romaine lettuce.”
So far, at least one person has died from the E. coli outbreak while over 120 people have been reported as being ill across 25 states. At least 50 of these people have been hospitalized, and there are multiple cases of kidney failure. A representative of the CDC further said, “If you do not know whether lettuce is romaine, do not eat it. This includes lettuce in a salad mix. Package labels often do not identify growing regions. CDC is advising consumers not to eat or buy romaine lettuce if they do not know where it was grown.”
Limited production of two varieties of Milo’s Kitchen® dog treats were voluntarily recalled due to potentially elevated levels of thyroid hormone.
Big Heart Pet Brands has withdrawn Kibbles ‘N Bits® canned/wet dog food and Gravy Train® canned/wet dog food due to pentobarbital.