Special Report

30 Biggest U.S. Food Recalls of 2021

Pepperoni Hot Pockets
> Date recall initiated: Jan. 15
> Pounds recalled: 762,615
> Reason(s) for recall: Possible foreign matter contamination
> Company: Nestlé Prepared Foods
> Brand(s) Nestlé Hot Pockets

The Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, company — a division of Nestlé USA, the subsidiary of the Swiss global food giant — issued a recall of a large quantity of the popular Nestlé Hot Pockets product because they may contain pieces of glass and hard plastic. The problem was discovered when the company received four consumer complaints.

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Ready-to-eat salads and dips
> Date recall initiated: Feb. 5
> Pounds recalled: 6,806
> Reason(s) for recall: Produced without inspection
> Company: Food Evolution
> Brand(s) Food Evolution

Food Evolution of Schiller Park, Illinois, recalled some of its ready-to-eat dips, pasta salad, and potato salad because they contained uninspected meats as ingredients. Federal food safety inspectors said the company produced the recalled products at an off-site facility and then repackaged and labeled them with the USDA mark of inspection.

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Pork pâté
> Date recall initiated: Feb. 19
> Pounds recalled: 30,081
> Reason(s) for recall: Imported without inspection
> Company: AH Company International Distribution, Inc.
> Brand(s) Monique Ranou

The Garden Grove, California, company recalled some of its pork pâté products that were brought to the U.S. from France by a French establishment that is ineligible to export to the United States. The problem was discovered during a routine federal food inspection.

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Beef tallow products (hotpot seasoning)
> Date recall initiated: Feb. 22
> Pounds recalled: 96,810
> Reason(s) for recall: Imported without inspection
> Company: GLF Trading, Inc.
> Brand(s) Ming Yang

GLF Trading, Inc. of Chino, California, recalled some of its hotpot seasoning products because they contained beef tallow originating in China, which is ineligible to export beef to the United States. The product, which does not bear inspection marks, was shipped to restaurants in six states.

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Corned beef products
> Date recall initiated: Mar. 1
> Pounds recalled: 297,715
> Reason(s) for recall: Imported without inspection
> Company: Milky Way International Trading Corp. (dba MW Polar)
> Brand(s) Ox & Palm

The Norwalk, California, company recalled the canned corned beef because they had not been inspected in the U.S. but bore labels by Australian food inspectors. A tip from an industry representative alerted FSIS to the issue.

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