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If You Have This Pre-Made Meal at Home, the USDA Says Throw It Out Now

Authorities say the popular food should be disposed of immediately over safety concerns.

Looking to start 2021 in better health? There's no time like the present to start purging that fridge—and there's one item in particular you should get rid of after a health alert from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The department's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is recommending that anyone who bought a popular pre-made enchilada meal toss it immediately. Read on to find out if you should be clearing this dish out of your home. And while you're cleaning out your kitchen, If You Have This Spice in Your Pantry, the FDA Says Check It Immediately.

On Jan. 7, the FSIS issued a health alert for 62.4-oz. containers of Hy-Vee Mealtime Chicken Enchiladas over an undeclared soy allergen. The meals in question have Best If Used By dates of Jan. 10, 2021, and are marked with establishment number P51558. They were sold in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

While the batch of enchiladas in question is no longer on shelves and will not be subject to a recall, the FSIS cautions anyone with food allergies to avoid eating them, recommending instead that "these products should be thrown away."

The Hy-Vee enchiladas join a long list of food products experts have cautioned about consuming lately; read on to discover if a staple in your kitchen has been recalled. And for more household warnings to be aware of, check out If You Use This Mouthwash, the FDA Says to Stop Immediately.

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Lean Cuisine Baked Chicken meals

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The FSIS issued a warning about another prepared meal in December, this time it was Lean Cuisine's Baked Chicken meal that was causing concern after there were five complaints of consumers finding plastic in their food. The company believes that the issue arose from a plastic conveyor belt breaking during the production of the mashed potatoes, leading fragments to wind up in the meal. Before you heat up your next Lean Cusine, look out to see if you could have one of the recalled products. It's labeled as "Lean Cuisine Baked Chicken, white meat chicken with stuffing, red skin mashed potatoes and gravy" with the lot code 0246595911 and a best-by date of Oct. 2021. The box also includes the establishment number EST. P-9018. And for another recall to look out for at home, check out If You Bought This From Costco, Stop Using It Immediately.

Dole Sesame Asian Chopped Salad

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On Jan. 5, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the recall of select lots of Dole Sesame Asian Chopped Salad kits. The bagged salads were packaged with the wrong dressing and toppings, which had eggs in them that were not included on the package's ingredient list, potentially prompting severe reactions among individuals with egg allergies. All of the affected batches bear UPC number 0-71430-00035-9 and the lot code B364016 or B364017. While there had been no adverse effects associated with their consumption at the time of the recall, the FDA said that anyone with one of the salads in question in their fridge "should not consume it, but rather discard it." And for more products you'd be wise to ditch, If You Have This in Your Medicine Cabinet, the FDA Says to Get Rid of It.

Trader Joe's Almond Kringle

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A popular holiday dessert was pulled from shelves just one week before Christmas. On Dec. 18, the FDA announced that O&H Danish Bakery Almond Kringle sold at Trader Joe's in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma, had been recalled over "undeclared pecans." The desserts, which have code #26720 on their nutritional label, should be returned to Trader Joe's stores or thrown out, the FDA recommends. And for the latest recall news sent straight to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.

Trader Joe's edamame

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It wasn't just desserts that Trader Joe's recalled in December. The popular grocery store pulled 16-oz. bags of its Lightly Salted Edamame from shelves due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, the FDA announced on Dec. 16. Anyone with one of the affected batches of edamame—which have codes 22LA102 M, 22LA102 N, or 22LA102 P on the package—can get a refund for their purchase from the Trader Joe's from which they bought it. And for the one pet food you shouldn't feed your dogs and cats, check out This Pet Food Has Killed Nearly 30 Dogs, FDA Warns.


Sarah Crow
Sarah Crow is a senior editor at Eat This, Not That!, where she focuses on celebrity news and health coverage. Read more
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