Salmonella Concerns Triggers a Recall of Banquet Frozen Chicken Nuggets due to Tainted Desert

Banquet Chicken Nuggets with Mac & Cheese

Banquet Chicken Nuggets with Mac & Cheese has been recalled due to possible salmonella contamination. Frozen dinners contain Chicken Nuggets, mac and cheese and brownies. It is the brownies flour mix that might be the culprit of the Salmonella contamination.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)alerted  consumers that the brownie mix dessert included in the breaded chicken nugget meal trays produced by Conagra Brands, Inc., of Marshall, Mo, may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The recall affects 110,817 pounds of frozen meals, was done out of an abundance of caution after the company notified FSIS that the source ingredient used in the brownie mix may be contaminated with Salmonella. The problem was discovered when Conagra Brands Inc. received a notification from a supplier that an ingredient used in the brownie mix may be contaminated with Salmonella.

7.4 oz. vacuum-packed trays containing “BANQUET Chicken Nuggets with Mac & Cheese” with Code 3100080921 and with a “BEST IF USED BY” date of July 20, 2018. The products bear FSIS establishment number “P-9” printed on the side of the box.

There have been no confirmed reports of illnesses yet, and the recall is issued out of caution for consumers’ safety. According to the release the meals were produced by Conagra Brands in Missouri and sold nationwide,.  The brownie mix used to make the desserts in the meals may have been contaminated with salmonella, the agency said.

Mango Popsicles Recalled Due to the Risk of Salmonella Enteritidis

The FDA announced the recall of 4000 units of Hand crafted Paleteria, Mango Flavored Ice cream because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis.

The ice cream was distributed in Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina and South Carolina through retail stores, by direct delivery. It comes in a clear bag with La Granja logo, Mango Flavor Ice Cream and the dates of expiration are 210218 (February 21, 2018) and 280218 (February 28, 2018). UPC code 0010439212.

No illnesses have been reported to date. The recall was a result of a routine sampling program by The Georgia Department of Agriculture. The company has ceased the production and distribution of the product as the FDA and the company continues their investigation as to what caused the problem.

Lay’s Kettle Cooked Potato Chips Re Recalled due to Potential Presence of Salmonella

The FDA reported that Frito-Lay announced that it voluntarily recalls select Jalapeño Flavored Lay’s Kettle Cooked potato chips and Jalapeño Flavored Miss Vickie’s Kettle Cooked potato chips due to the potential presence of Salmonella in the seasoning.

The recall is the direct result of a supplier’s recent recall of a seasoning blend which includes jalapeño powder that could contain Salmonella. Although no Salmonella was found in the seasoning supplied to Frito-Lay, the company has decided to recall these products out of an abundance of caution.

No illness related to this matter has been confirmed to date. The products have been distributed in retail stores and via foodservice, vending and other channels throughout the U.S.

Some Final Thoughts

We see more and more recalls due to suppliers notifications. This is a result of the FSMA regulations, that requires every food distributor and food manufacturer to track the products they manufacture and distribute and be able to quickly recall them.

The ability to remove products from the market quickly and effectively is imperative to all food producer and distributor. A written recall program with an action plan that is carefully constructed, tested and evaluated to ensure efficiency must be available. It is seen as the safety net that can prevent consumers from buying or consuming a potentially harmful food product.

Most of the recalls, however, are still not happening fast enough to eliminate defective product to end up in new products. This is a very wasteful way to keep the food supply safe. As shown in the Banquet Chicken Nuggets with Mac & Cheese frozen dinners tons of perfectly good chicken nuggets are being thrown away because of the contaminated flour used in the small desert portion.

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