Special Report

30 Biggest U.S. Food Recalls of 2021

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Spaghetti with meat sauce
> Date recall initiated: May 4
> Pounds recalled: 3,927
> Reason(s) for recall: Misbranding and undeclared allergens
> Company: Bellisio Foods, Inc.
> Brand(s) Michelina’s

Minneapolis-based Bellisio Foods, Inc. recalled 8.5-oz. trays of its Michelina’s Spaghetti with Meat Sauce because the ingredients label did not mention the product contains soy, a known allergen. The problem was identified when the company learned that soy-containing ingredients may have mingled with a product that doesn’t normally contain soy.

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Condensed soup
> Date recall initiated: May 4
> Pounds recalled: 13,504
> Reason(s) for recall: Misbranding and undeclared allergens
> Company: Kraft Heinz Foods Company
> Brand(s) Chef Francisco

Kraft Heinz Foods Company recalled 4-pound tubs of its frozen Chef Francisco Minestrone Condensed Soup that incorrectly bore the label Chef Francisco Vegetable Beef and Barley Condensed Soup. That label does not declare the food contains milk and eggs, known allergens. The problem was identified by a foodservice customer who reported the mislabeling.

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Jalapeño chorizo sausage
> Date recall initiated: May 21
> Pounds recalled: 6,000
> Reason(s) for recall: Produced without inspection
> Company: Milan Provisions Co., Inc.
> Brand(s) Milan Provisions Mexican Brand

The Corona, New York, company recalled its 14-oz. and 22-oz. vacuum-packed heat treated, not fully cooked chorizo sausage because it was produced and shipped without the benefit of federal inspection. The problem was identified when federal food safety regulators discovered the company had sourced the meat from a retail butcher that is not subject to federal inspection.

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Siluriformes fish (catfish) products
> Date recall initiated: May 22
> Pounds recalled: 46,804
> Reason(s) for recall: Produced without inspection
> Company: Otten’s Seafood, Inc.
> Brand(s) Otten’s

Tinley Park, Illinois-based Otten’s Seafood, Inc. recalled its 30-pound wholesale packages of frozen catfish steaks and fresh whole catfish because the products were produced, packaged, and shipped without federal inspections. The problem was identified through routine surveillance by federal food safety inspectors.

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Meat and poultry meatballs and pork patties
> Date recall initiated: May 28
> Pounds recalled: 20,025
> Reason(s) for recall: Misbranding and undeclared allergens
> Company: King’s Command Foods, LLC
> Brand(s) King’s

The Kent, Washington, meat producer recalled eight products containing fully cooked poultry or pork because their ingredients labels did not declare the food contained egg, milk, and/or wheat, which are known allergens. The problem was identified by the company, which determined the allergen ingredients may have commingled with products that don’t normally have them.

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