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From Romaine lettuce to Ritz crackers, here is what's been taken off the shelf

Margaret Eby
July 24, 2018

Another food has been pulled from the shelf because of concerns over foodborne illness. This time it's Ritz crackers and Goldfish, but you might have noticed that this year has been particularly rife with food recalls. There were scares involving cut melon and Romaine lettuce and Honey Smacks. There's been fear of Salmonella and E. coli and other nasty, digestion-ruining bugs in common foods like eggs and cream cheese. In fact, according to the FDA, there have been more than 200 recalls, market withdrawals, and market alerts since January 1, 2018.

That seems like a lot, but many of these recalls aren't the kind of sweeping nationwide concerns that we had over, say, Romaine lettuce. Many of the recalls are for things like undeclared milk or soy in the product, which is obviously a problem if you have allergies or are trying to avoid those things. So what all has been recalled this year? Here's a brief rundown of the big ones:

  • Ritz Crackers and Goldfish, for Salmonella worries
  • Wish Bone House Italian Salad Dressing, for undeclared milk and egg
  • Honey Smacks cereal, for Salmonella fears
  • Melissa's Spicy Edamame, for undeclared shellfish (?!)
  • Fresh cut cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon, for Salmonella
  • H-E-B Sliced Salad Olives, for glass (?!?)
  • Ziyad Tahini, for Salmonella 
  • Eggs, for Salmonella
  • King Arthus's Organic Coconut Flour, for Salmonella
  • Panera Cream Cheese, for Listeria

If that list makes you paranoid, well, you're not alone. But the good news is that it's not an unusual number of recalls for this year (2017 and 2016 also had many recalls) and once the food is flagged, it's a safe bet that it's off the shelves before it can make anyone sick. But in case you're hanging on to any vintage tahini or spicy edamame, maybe check the FDA website, just in case. 

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