8 On Your Side: Fears of salmonella and listeria lead to millions of pounds of food recall

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On Tuesday, a massive food recall is affecting popular such as Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, 7-Eleven, Walmart, Harris Teeter, Fred Meyer, Ralphs, Target, and Kroger.  

Millions of pounds of food have been pulled due to fears of both salmonella and listeria.

The recall stems from potentially tainted onions, corn, and other vegetables by a company called McCain Foods. 

Those potentially tainted products were used in millions of pounds of ready to eat salads and premade food items including entrees, burritos, wraps, and pizzas sold at major retailers.

The recall started as a small recall last week, only affecting Whole Foods’ Santa Fe style salad with chicken, which was sold at stores in California. Trader Joe’s Carnitas with salsa verde burritos, Trader Joe’s labeled bbq flavored chicken salad, sold in several states, along with Walmart’s Marketside fiesta salad with steak, which is only sold in some of its stores was also affected.
So far, the recall has impacted more than a dozen food manufacturers including Bakkavor Foods, Envolve Foods, and Ruiz Food products.  The use by dates run the gamut from mid-October 2018 until at least April 2019.  

As it became clear just how many other companies used the potentially tainted vegetables, the recall has grown exponentially.


As of now, there have been no confirmed reports of illness because of the recalled products, according to the USDA and McCain Foods.  

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