Published On: Sep 12 2012 11:00:51 AM CDTUpdated On: Nov 24 2015 11:39:25 AM CST
Health investigators confirmed on Nov. 24, a handful of cases of E. coli have been linked back to chicken salad sold at Costco. Cases have turned up in four Western states: Colorado, Montana, Utah and Washington. Here are some other recent food recalls.
Dole Fresh Vegetables voluntarily recalled some bagged spinach due to salmonella concerns on Oct. 14.
Whole Foods recalled some of its Papillon organic Roquefort cheese on Oct. 9 after a sampling by the FDA found listeria monocytogenes in a wheel of the cheese. The grocery chain said the recall applies to cut, wrapped and weighed cheese.
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams said that it was recalling all of its ice creams, sorbets, and ice cream sandwiches and closing all of its shops for now because of a potential Listeria risk.
After weeks of gradual recalls, Blue Bell Creameries pulled all of its products off the shelves. The company recalled its ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and other frozen treats because they could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the company said Monday.
Three people have died and five others have fallen ill from the bacteria that may have come from Blue Bell products, health officials have said.
Beech-Nut Nutrition recalled some 1,920 pounds of baby food after a small piece of glass was found in one of the brand's jars.
Sabra Dipping Co. recalled 30,000 cases of hummus due to possible contamination with listeria, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said. The nationwide recall is voluntary. So far, no illnesses caused by the hummus have been reported.
In March, Amy's Kitchen Inc. recalled nearly 74,000 cases of its products that could contain listeria. In a statement released through the Food and Drug Administration , Amy's Kitchen said that it was voluntarily recalling the products after learning from one of its suppliers that it may have received organic spinach that was possibly contaminated with listeria monocytogenes. The items included multiple types of vegetable lasagna, tofu scrambles, spinach pizza, enchiladas, brown rice and vegetable bowls and stuffed pasta shells.
Products containing cumin -- Since December 2014, hundreds of cumin products are being recalled after traces of peanut were found in the spice. The FDA is warning anyone with peanut allergies to not eat cumin and products that contain cumin.
Serrano chili peppers -- A North Carolina producer of peppers and hot sauces is voluntarily recalling 6,215 pounds of fresh serrano chili peppers because some tested positive for salmonella.
Ground beef -- Nearly 2 million pounds of ground beef has been recalled in four states over E. coli fears. Recalled cases of beef from Wolverine Packing Company in Detroit were shipped to distributors for restaurant use in Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio.
Pork sausage -- On February 21, it was announced that packaged meat company Smithfield Packing Company was recalling some 38,000 pounds of pork sausage because it contained small pieces of plastic, likely from gloves.
Ricotta Cheese - On Sept. 12, 2012, Forever Cheese issued a recall of one production lot of its Ricotta Salata Frescolina brand products due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.
Peanut Butter -- In November 2011, J.M. Smucker Co. recalled some 16-ounce jars of its Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter Chunky sold in several states because of possible salmonella contamination.
Cantaloupe -- This fruit made headlines in 2011 after the CDC reported 13 people died from consuming bacteria-tainted fruit.
Eggs -- About 380 million eggs sent to 17 states were recalled amid a salmonella outbreak in 2010.
Cadbury Chocolates – June 2006 English chocolate maker Cadbury Schweppes recalled more than 1 million chocolate bars after a rare strain of salmonella bacteria was detected.
Spinach -- Fall 2006 An outbreak of food-borne illnesses caused by E. coli bacteria was initially announced in September 2006 as the FDA called for bagged spinach to be removed from shelves. Another outbreak a few months later, initially blamed on onions at Taco Bell and Taco John’s restaurants, was traced to prepackaged iceberg lettuce.
Baby Food -- July 2007 Gerber recalled organic rice and oatmeal cereals after a parent in Florida found 30 hard clumps that were potentially a choking hazard.
Ground Beef -- October 2007 Topps Meat Co. in Elizabeth, N.J., went out of business after more than 60 years after its products were the subject of what was at the time the second-largest U.S. beef recall – more than 21 million pounds.
Frozen Beef -- February 2008 The USDA recalled 143 million pounds of processed frozen beef from the Westland/Hallmark plant in California amid concerns that cattle were not properly inspected. It was the largest U.S. beef recall – enough meat for 2 hamburgers for every American, CNN reported.
Chinese Dairy -- November 2008 The U.S. banned imports of Chinese-made dairy products after the products were discovered to be tainted with melamine.
Pistachios -- March 2009 The California company Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella recalled its 2008 crop – about 1 million pounds of nuts -- after one of its customers, Kraft Foods, found salmonella during routine inspections.
A local case is now of statewide significance. State Attorney General Kamala Harris has announced the state will be joining forces with the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office in the Santa Clara Waste Water facility explosion case.