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Massive Food Recalls: SpaghettiOs and Marie Callender Frozen Meals

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Campbell Soup Company announced a recall of more than 15 million pounds of certain cans of “SpaghettiOs with Meatballs,” due to possible under-processing, according to a news release by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

To this date, there have been no reports of illness in connection with this recall.

Below are the products included in the recall:

  • 14.75-ounce cans of "SpaghettiOs" with Meatballs.
  • 14.75-ounce cans of "SpaghettiOs" A to Z with Meatballs.
  • 14.75-ounce cans of "SpaghettiOs" Fun Shapes with Meatballs (Cars.

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The affected products have "EST 4K" marked on the bottom of the can and a “Use By Date” between June 2010 and December 201.

For more information, consumers can call Campbell’s Hotline at 866) 495-3774.

Marie Callender’s Recall

ConAgra Foods is recalling ALL Marie Callender’s brand Cheesy Chicken and Rice frozen meals. The nationwide recall was initiated after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) informed the company of an investigation involving 29 people in 14 states that have been diagnosed with salmonellosis linked to Salmonella serotype Chester.

Eight patients reportedly ate this product prior to becoming ill; the last reported illness was on May 22.

Below are the products included in the recall:

  • 13-ounce packages of "Marie Callender’s Cheesy Chicken & Rice White Meat Chicken and Broccoli over Rice Topped with Rich Cheddar Sauce."

[View Labels, for reference.]

Consumers can contact ConAgra Foods at 1-866-484-9610 for more information.

Salmonellosis is contracted when a person consumes food contaminated with the bacteria. Food may look and smell normal, yet still be infected with Salmonella bacteria. Person-to-person transmission may also occur.

Salmonellosis causes flu-like symptoms including diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. These symptoms usually begin 12-72 hours after infection, and will typically last up to a week.

To avoid salmonellosis, consumers should wash their hands with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds before and after handling raw meat and poultry. The cutting board and all utensils should also be washed in warm, soapy water, says the FDSIS.

In the past few years ConAgra has been tied to two other high-profile recalls: In 2007, Peter Pan brand peanut butter was tied to more than 600 salmonella cases in 47 states. And its Banquet Pot Pies were involved in 400 cases of salmonella in 41 states.

For more information regarding the Marie Callender’s food recall, refer to the CDC Web site where you will find regularly updated information.

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  1. Loretta Harding says:
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    Is there any recall on Chef Boyardee 7.5 oz microwave meals? We buy the Spaghetti & meatballs, beef ravioli. Thank you!

  2. Jennifer says:
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    My four year old got extremely sick from the Cars spagettios with meatballs!! He has been sick for over ten days and it is very scary. He was pooping blood!!!! I would suggest throwing out any and all spaghettios products. If they were irresponsible enough to put over 15 million pounds of this contaminated product on the shelves, who knows what else is out there?

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    Loretta, at this point in time it appears only SpaghettiOs cans are affected by the recall. You can see the labels of the recalled foods here: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/images_recalls/036_2010_labels.pdf

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    Jennifer, I hope your son is feeling better! That must have been a scary experience!

    I definitely agree that the products should be discarded immediately, its not worth the safety risk. Not to mention that 15 million is an awful lot of products.