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Salmonella Scare Sparks Massive Food Recall From Popular Retailers

What started as a small recall of pre-packaged salad kits now includes everything from frozen pizza and 7-11 taquitos.

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Well, that escalated quickly. When Whole Foods and 7-Eleven recalled salad kits last week out of fear that certain ingredients were tainted with salmonella or listeria, it only affected about 200-to-950 pounds of lettuce and vegetables and looked like small potatoes. Not any more. The recall’s reach has expanded dramatically in the last few days and now includes millions of pounds of potentially contaminated ready-to-eat salads and prepackaged foods ⏤ including frozen entrees, pre-wrapped burritos, and pizzas ⏤ from Harris Teeter, Kroger, Trader Joe’s and Walmart.

Larger food manufacturers like Bakkavor Foods, Envolve Foods, and Ruiz Food Products have all been implicated in the recall, according to the USDA, as they all source ingredients like diced onions and corn from McCain Foods. Almost 800,000 pounds of ready-to-eat meat and poultry products are being removed from store shelves, and it’s hard to say how much more has been contaminated.

The new recalls are as follows:

Simple Truth and Cadence Gourmet

Envolve Foods of Corona, California, told the USDA it was recalling 292,764 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken and beef products, including 22-ounce bags of Simple Truth Chicken Bibimbap, Thai Style Green Curry, and Chicken Tikka Masala. Some of the products had use by/sell by dates through April 12, 2019. The Cadence Gourmet-branded Steak Fajitas, Tuscan Tomato Basil Chicken & Sausage, and Rustic Toasted Tomato Basil Chicken & Vegetables also had expiration dates well into 2019.

7-Eleven

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7-Eleven stores recalled Beef & Taco Cheese Taquitos, Buffalo-Style Cooked Glazed Chicken Taquitos, and Chipotle Chicken Taquitos. Each of the products was made beginning July 1. Two different sizes (9.6-ounce and 11.2-ounce) of the store’s Bistro Southwest Style Salad With Bacon were recalled, as well. Each was produced on Oct. 13 by Prime Deli Corp.

Jenny Craig

SK Food Group recalled about 174,207 pounds of Jenny Craig Chicken Wrap with BBQ Sauce produced between Oct. 15, 2017, to Oct. 15, 2018. The frozen, fully-cooked wraps were only shipped to customers in California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

Fresh Garden Salads

Caito Foods of Indianapolis recalled around 1,500 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken salads and food bowls made with contaminated corn. Specifically, these recalls include the 11.5-ounce and 8.75-ounce packages of Fresh Garden Highway Santa Fe Style with Chicken Salads. They each have “best if sold by” dates of October 21. The salads were shipped to Walgreens in Illinois and Target stores in Illinois and Minnesota, among others.

Buddy’s Kitchen products

Buddy’s Kitchen of Burnsville, Minnesota, is recalling about 213,000 pounds of ready-to-eat pork and chicken products shipped in cases with foods such as omelets with potatoes and sausage. All products were produced between Oct. 19, 2017, and Oct. 9, 2018, and delivered to Arizona, California, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, and New Jersey.