Special Report

31 Food Recalls That Poisoned the Most People

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26. Wright County Egg/Hillandale Farms
> No. of cases: 1,900+
> No. of deaths: 0

The largest egg recall ever occurred in 2010, when an outbreak of salmonella sickened 1,900 people and forced a half-billion eggs off the shelves. The tainted eggs came from two Iowa farms: Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms, which distributed them to stores in 14 states.

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25. JBS Tolleson, Inc.
> No. of cases: 120
> No. of deaths: 0

JBS Tolleson, Inc., based in Tolleson, Arizona, recalled 6.5 million pounds of beef products, including ground beef, which may be contaminated with a strain of Salmonella Newport. They were packaged between July 26, 2018 and Sept. 7, 2018. The beef products were shipped to stores across the country under many brand names. As of October 23, 2018, cases have been reported in 22 states; 33 people have been hospitalized.

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24. Costco
> No. of cases: 19
> No. of deaths: 0

Price-club company Costco, based in Issaquah, Washington, was forced to recall a diced celery and onion mix used in its chicken salad in 2015 after the FDA announced that the product contained E. coli. The vegetable mix, which was produced by California-based Taylor Farms Pacific Inc., sickened 19 people in seven states, with five people hospitalized.

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23. ConAgra Beef Company
> No. of cases: 19
> No. of deaths: 0

An outbreak of E. coli in 2002 was traced to a ConAgra Beef Company plant in Greeley, Colorado, that led to 19 people in six states being sickened, with seven hospitalized. More than 19 million pounds of beef were recalled, the second-largest recall in the nation’s history. Department of Agriculture officials said much of the meat targeted for recall had probably already been eaten.

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22. General Mills
> No. of cases: 63
> No. of deaths: 0

General Mills, Inc. of Golden Valley, Minnesota, was in for a rude awakening in May 2016 when several batches of raw flour were linked to E. coli. Sixty-three people in 24 states became ill from consuming the flour, and 17 were hospitalized. The outbreak led to a recall of 45 million pounds of flour among three brands: Gold Medal, Gold Medal Wondra, and Signature Kitchens.

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