BIG Nutrition: Foodborne Illness Outbreaks Currently Under Investigation


BIG Nutrition: Foodborne Illness Outbreaks Currently Under Investigation

In the news recently has been a number of foodborne illness outbreaks that are currently being investigated by federal health officials including those for McDonald’s salads, salads and wraps, raw vegetable trays, and Goldfish Crackers among others. Many of the investigations are in states outside of the Northeast, so these may only to be an issue if you are traveling. However, the following recalls and warnings do have a potential local impact:

Salads and Wraps sold at Trader Joes, Walgreens, and other retailers are potentially contaminated with an organism that causes foodborne illness. The list of products can be found here.

Ritz has issued a nationwide recall of certain Ritz Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits crackers.

Four varieties of Goldfish Crackers have been recalled by Pepperidge Farm due to seasoning contamination.

Raw Turkey products are suspected of causing illnesses in several states, but the specific products involved have not been narrowed down. Present advice is not to avoid products containing raw turkey, but be sure to handle and cook the raw turkey properly.

Kellogg’s issued a recall of it’s Honey Smacks cereal and it should all be disposed of because of potential contamination.

Hungry Man Chipotle BBQ Sauced Boneless Chicken Wyngz with a best by date of September 6, 2019  and establishment numbers “EST. P138” or “P-138” have been recalled due to potential contamination. Massachusetts is one of the states to which this frozen item was shipped.

Crab meat imported from Venezuela should be avoided because of contamination. This is true even if the label says the crab is cooked.

In addition to watching out for these foods, there are steps that you can take in your own kitchen to make sure that you do not introduce contaminants in food prepared at home.

Happy and healthful eating,

Donna G. Pertel, MEd, RD, LDN

[email protected]

Photo credit: E coli, NIH