8 Notable 2018 Food Recalls
Date Posted: September 20, 2018
We can’t live without food, but unfortunately, food can sometimes cause more harm than good.
The CDC Foundation estimates that 1 in 6 Americans get sick each year because of foodborne illnesses.
But foodborne illnesses don’t just cause sickness; in fact, around 3,000 people die in the U.S. per year because of unsafe food.
Though many companies and organizations have taken proactive steps to prevent the spread of damaged food and foodborne illnesses, 2018 has nevertheless been a busy year for food recalls.
Learn who’s been affected, what products have been recalled, and the common causes in this quick list of eight notable 2018 food recalls.
1) Cargill – Ground Beef Products
On August 23, 2018, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) published a recall release announcing that the global food corporation Cargill Meat Solutions was recalling 25,2888 pounds of ground beef products. This was because they were potentially contaminated with E. coli 0157:H7.
2) Publix Super Markets Inc. – Ground Chuck Products
Publix Supermarkets Inc., one of the biggest retail grocery stores in the southeast U.S., voluntarily recalled ground chuck products on August 30, 2018, due to possible contamination of E. coli 026.
3) Lipari Foods, LLC – Premo Brand Turkey & Cheese Wedge Sandwiches
The food company Lipari Foods voluntarily recalled its Premo Brand turkey and cheese wedge sandwiches on August 21, 2018. It was possible that these sandwiches were contaminated by Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious infections in vulnerable populations.
4) Mondelēz Global LLC – Ritz Cracker Sandwiches & Ritz Bits
Mondelēz International, Inc., one of the world’s largest snacks companies, recalled certain Ritz Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits products on July 21, 2018, because their whey powder may have had Salmonella.
5) Del Monte Fresh – Vegetable Trays
On June 15, 2018, the fresh and prepared produce supplier Del Monte Fresh recalled a limited quality of vegetable trays that had been sold to retail stores in six Midwestern states after an outbreak of cyclopsam occurred in these states.
6) Kraft Heinz – Taco Bell Salsa Con Queso Mild Cheese Dip
Taco Bell is known for the sauces and dips used in Mexican-inspired food, but Kraft Heinz recently had to voluntarily recall 7,000 cases of its Taco Bell Salsa Con Queso Mild Cheese Dip due to evidence of product separation. One of the negative consequences of product separation is the potential growth of the bacterium C. botulinum.
7) Kellogg Company – Honey Smacks Cereal
Kellogg Company recalled packages of its Honey Smacks cereal on June 14, 2018, because they may have contained salmonella. More than 100 people became sick from a salmonella outbreak in June.
8) Flowers Foods – Swiss Rolls
In July, Flower Foods, Inc. voluntarily recalled Swiss Rolls because of the potential presence of salmonella in its whey powder. These rolls are sold under various brands like Food Lion and Great Value nationwide.
With examples of 2018 food recalls such as these, it shouldn’t come to any surprise that the race to invest in technological solutions to prevent such issues is on.
Many companies are pursuing – or are about to roll out – traceability programs to track their food from “farm to fork.” Solutions for traceability programs on a large scale include track-and-trace software systems, ERP systems, RFID technology, and barcode verifiers and validators.
When it comes to food on the front lines in restaurants and retail stores, new technology exists as well to prevent food spoilage and protect perishable assets including energy management systems and environmental monitoring systems like Hitachi’s HiQ eSystems.
HiQ eSystems provides a traceable path and monitors sensitive inventories every step of the way from transit to storage and final delivery. Our line of asset management solutions is designed to ensure the safety of your perishable items when and where you need it most.
HiQ eSystems can also help prevent some of the recalls that occurred this year. E. Coli growth, for example, is directly related to the temperature at which the food is stored. The only way to stop the growth of E. Coli bacteria is to maintain food at freezing temperatures of 32° Fahrenheit (0° Celsius).
If you refrigerate food infected with E. Coli bacteria between 39° F and 44° F, the E. Coli will grow, albeit slowly. And if you store food at room temperatures of 50° or above, E. Coli will actually grow the fastest. The HiQ eSystems can be the critical resource you need to monitor the temperature of your assets.
This system is also a good resource to prevent the growth of listeria, which grows in normal refrigeration temperatures and grows best in temperatures from 33.8° F and up. But with our monitoring system as the first line of defense, you can stop the growth of this bacteria as well. To learn more about HiQ eSystems®, check out our product solutions.