Special Report

30 Biggest U.S. Food Recalls of 2021

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Ready-to-eat chicken products
> Date recall initiated: July 3
> Pounds recalled: 8,492,832
> Reason(s) for recall: Possible listeria contamination
> Company: Tyson Foods, Inc.
> Brand(s) Tyson

The Springdale, Arkansas, meat giant recalled a massive amount of ready-to-eat chicken products due to possible listeria contamination. The problem was identified during a federal and state investigation into three listeria poisoning cases that caused one death.

Frozen pork dumplings
> Date recall initiated: July 16
> Pounds recalled: 183,330
> Reason(s) for recall: Misbranding and undeclared allergens
> Company: Green Dining Table, Inc.
> Brand(s) Hansang, Choripdong, Paik’s

The Alhambra, California, company recalled six of its pork dumpling products because their labels did not declare they contained milk and coconut, known allergens. The issue was discovered during a routine plant inspection.

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Raw beef products
> Date recall initiated: July 29
> Pounds recalled: 295,236
> Reason(s) for recall: Possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination
> Company: Greater Omaha Packing
> Brand(s) Greater Omaha

Greater Omaha Packing of Nebraska recalled its raw beef products intended for non-intact use for possible e coli contamination, discovered during a routine product sampling by federal food safety inspectors. Non-intact beef products include beef that has been injected or enhanced with solutions, mechanically tenderized by needling, cubing, or pounding devices, or reconstructed into formed entrees, according to the industry group Beef Research.

Raw breaded stuffed chicken products
> Date recall initiated: Aug. 10
> Pounds recalled: 59,251
> Reason(s) for recall: Possible salmonella contamination
> Company: Serenade Foods
> Brand(s) Dutch Farms, Milford Valley, Kirkwood

Milford, Indiana, Serenade Foods recalled five products containing frozen, raw, breaded, and pre-browned stuffed chicken that may have been contaminated with salmonella. The recall was the result of a federal investigation into a multistate salmonella outbreak in which investigators discovered the pathogen in unopened packages of the chicken product from the home of a person who fell ill.

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Chicken salad and chicken dip
> Date recall initiated: Aug. 24
> Pounds recalled: 52,022
> Reason(s) for recall: Possible foreign matter contamination
> Company: Willow Tree Poultry Farm
> Brand(s) Willow Tree Premium

Willow Tree Poultry Farm of Attleboro, Mississippi, recalled eight products containing white chicken meat because of possible contamination with pieces of hard white plastic. There have been other recalls from different producers due to possible contamination with plastic fragments this year, including one that was traced back to broken paddles used to mix ground beef in the production process.

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