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30 Biggest U.S. Food Recalls of 2021

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Pork products
> Date recall initiated: Oct. 14
> Pounds recalled: 10,359
> Reason(s) for recall: Imported without inspection
> Company: Evans Food Group
> Brand(s) Mac’s, Cazo de Oro, 7-Select, Turkey Creek

Chicago-based Evans Food Group recalled numerous brands of chicharron (fried pork skin) snacks because the pork used to make them had not been inspected. The pork rinds were shipped to Arizona, California, New Mexico, Utah, and Washington.

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Frozen raw lamb shoulder
> Date recall initiated: Oct. 21
> Pounds recalled: 24,461
> Reason(s) for recall: Imported without inspection
> Company: AFFCO USA
> Brand(s) AFFCO

The Jacksonville, Florida, company recalled the lamb products because they had not been inspected after being imported into the United States from New Zealand. The lamb was packaged in 33-pound and 39-pound boxes that were shipped to distributors in Pennsylvania, Florida, Michigan, Missouri, and New York.

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Salame sticks
> Date recall initiated: Nov. 10
> Pounds recalled: 119,091
> Reason(s) for recall: Possible salmonella contamination
> Company: Euro Foods (dba Citterio USA)
> Brand(s) Citterio

The Freeland, Pennsylvania, U.S. subsidiary of the Italian cured meats maker recalled its 2-oz. packages of “Italian style” salame sticks with “best by” dates through Jan. 23, 2022. An investigation by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state officials into a multistate outbreak of 31 salmonella cases found that ill people had consumed the product.

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Chicken patties
> Date recall initiated: Nov. 10
> Pounds recalled: 97,887
> Reason(s) for recall: Possible foreign matter contamination
> Company: Innovative Solutions, Inc.
> Brand(s) Trader Joe’s

The chicken patties produced by the Kent, Washington, company between Aug. 16 and Sept. 19 and sold at numerous outlets, including Trader Joe’s, were found to contain bits of bone. There were no reports of adverse reactions, but the USDA issued a warning to consumers who might have the meat product in their freezers.

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Raw ground beef patties
> Date recall initiated: Nov. 15
> Pounds recalled: 6,876
> Reason(s) for recall: Possible foreign matter contamination
> Company: Shamrock Foods Company (dba Gold Canyon Meat Company)
> Brand(s) Gold Canyon Meat Company

The recall of the company’s raw ground beef patties was initiated after restaurant staff discovered pieces of hard white plastic in the patties during preparation. The plastic were pieces of machine paddles used by the Phoenix food distributor to mix the ground beef, which is then sold to restaurants in 11.25-pound, 12-pound, and 12.25-pound boxes.

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