The FDA and CDC are investigating a multistate outbreak of E. coli O121H19 infection linked to Earth Growth frozen falafel. Cuisine Innovations Unlimited, LLC (180 Lehigh Avenue, Lakewood, NJ) recalled its Earth Grown Vegan Traditional Falafel and Garlic & Herb Falafel Distributed & Sold Exclusively by Aldi, Batavia, IL, due to the possible presence of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli. The products were distributed in ALDI retail stores in the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. There have been 20 reported cases in six states (FL, IA, KS, MI, OH, and WI), with onset dates reported between July 24, 2022, and September 19, 2022, with 5 hospitalization and no deaths. On October 6, 2022, ALDI removed any remaining Earth Grown frozen falafel from stores. These items are no longer available for sale but were sold frozen and have a long shelf-life of 18 months, so consumers should check their freezers for these products. @ https://www.fda.gov/food/outbreaks-foodborne-illness/outbreak-investigation-e-coli-o121h19-frozen-falafel-october-2022?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
Frozen Falafel sold at Aldi recalled due to E. coli O121:H19
Outbreak Investigation of E. coli O121: Frozen Falafel (October 2022)
Do not eat, sell, or serve Earth Grown frozen falafel sold at ALDI. FDA’s investigation is ongoing.