If You're Eating This for Lunch, the FDA Says Throw It Away

Consuming this popular food could result in a life-threatening infection, the agency reports.

With restaurants closed and indoor dining still seeming like a risky bet to many, prepared food has offered a much-needed respite from the kitchen for weary cooks throughout the COVID pandemic. However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced the recall of a certain type of prepared sandwich over concerns it may be contaminated with bacteria that can cause serious illness and, in some cases, may even prove fatal. Read on to find out if you should be tossing anything from your fridge now. And if you want to play it safe, If Your Milk Carton Doesn't Say This, the CDC Says Don't Drink It.

On March 10, the FDA announced the recall of various MG Foods and Fresh to You turkey sandwiches due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. In healthy people, Listeria monocytogenes tends to cause symptoms that typically resolve quickly, including abdominal pain, diarrhea, high fever, nausea, severe headaches, and stiffness. However, among immunocompromised individuals, the elderly, and young children, an infection with the organism can prove fatal; Listeria monocytogenes can also trigger miscarriage and stillbirth in pregnant individuals.

The recalled Fresh to You and MG Foods sandwiches, which come in either brown paper bags, plastic wedges, or plastic wrap, were sold via vending machines and micro markets in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and West Virginia; the full list of affected foods sold in these locations is available on the FDA's recall notice. Three recalled sandwiches—the MG Foods Combo Half & Half, MG Foods Turkey & Cheddar BLT, and MG Foods Turkey & Swiss Croissant—were also sold at the Charlotte Douglas Airport.

All of the recalled sandwiches have use by dates of either March 7, 2021, or March 9, 2021. If you have the affected sandwiches in your possession, the FDA recommends throwing them away. You can also contact MG Foods at 855-424-8390 weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST for further questions and refund requests.

These sandwiches are far from the only popular food to be pulled from the market recently, however; read on to find out which other products you should be clearing out of your kitchen now. And for more safety hazards to avoid, If You're Taking This Medication, the FDA Has a New Warning for You.

Sesame oil

olive oil pouring into bowl

Before you so much as put your pan on the stove, you'll want to check that the cooking oil you're using is safe for consumption. On March 8, the FDA announced that Mediterranean Food, Inc. had recalled its 2-lb. plastic jars of Alqosh sesame oil due to potential salmonella contamination. The affected products, which have a production date of Aug. 16, 2020 (written as "08/16/2020") and a lot number of 16082020 on the packaging, should not be used and should be returned to the store from which they were purchased for a full refund. And for the latest recall news delivered straight to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.


hand pouring tahini on falafel in a pita

Your favorite falafel topping may not be safe to eat right now. On March 5, the FDA announced the recall of 1-lb., 2-lb., and 10-kg. containers of Kareem Mart tahina (also known as tahini) due to possible contamination with salmonella. The recalled tahina—which was sold in Chicago, Illinois, and the state of Michigan—should be disposed of or returned to the store from which it was purchased for a refund; customers with the affected product can also email [email protected] for refund information. And for more foods to ditch, If You Have This Meat at Home, Throw It Away Now, USDA Says.

Rice crisps

rice crisps on wooden table

On March 1, the FDA announced that Quaker Oats had recalled its Quaker Rice Crisps in the Sweet Barbecue flavor after it was discovered that they might be contaminated with soy that wasn't included on the ingredients list, thus potentially putting sensitive and allergic individuals at risk for a serious reaction.

The affected snacks—which have UPC number 0 30000 31984 0 and a best before date of May 29, 2021, written as "MAY29213M21," on the packaging—can be returned to the store from which they were purchased for a full refund. Customers can also call Quaker Consumer Relations at 800-367-6287 with questions. And for more products to steer clear of, check out If You Have These Cheeses at Home, the FDA Says Get Rid of Them Now.

Hotpot seasoning

person preparing traditional korean food from an aerial view with bowls of seasonings and vegetables in front of them

Thinking of cooking up some hotpot at home tonight? You might want to check your seasonings first. On Feb. 22, the United States Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced the recall of GLT Trading, Inc.'s Ming Yang Hotpot Seasoning (Medium spicy, Mala), 17.6-oz. vacuumed sealed packages of Ming Yang Hotpot Seasoning (Slightly spicy), and 17.6-oz. vacuumed sealed packages of Ming Yang Hotpot Seasoning (Super spicy, Extremely).

The spices, which were sold in Arizona, California, Hawaii, New York, and Texas, were recalled after it was discovered that they had bypassed a mandated U.S. re-inspection before being sold stateside. If you have the affected seasonings at home, the FSIS recommends that you don't eat them, but rather return them to the point of purchase for a refund. And if you want to play it safe, If You Have This Snack at Home, Get Rid of it Now, FDA Says.


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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