If You Have This Meat in Your Fridge, Throw It Away Now, USDA Says

The popular food may have been contaminated with potentially dangerous foreign materials, experts say.

If you love meat, you might want to check that the food you've got in your fridge is safe to eat this week. The United States Department of Agriculture's Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) just announced a massive recall on a popular type of sausage, so read on to discover if you have the affected products in your fridge. And while you're cleaning out your kitchen, If You Have These Chips at Home, the FDA Says Check Them Immediately.

On Jan. 21, the FSIS announced the recall of approximately 4,200 pounds of Bob Evans Italian Sausage due to potential contamination with thin pieces of blue rubber. The recalled pork sausage, which was sold at stores in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, comes in one-pound packages bearing a use/freeze by date of Jan. 31, 2021. The packaging is also marked with lot code 0352 and establishment number EST. 6785.

Anyone with one of the affected packages of sausage at home is "urged not to consume them," the FSIS reports. Instead, the agency recommends throwing the recalled products away or returning them to the store from which they were purchased.

Bob Evans isn't the only company that's had to pull their products from the market this winter; read on to discover which other foods have been recalled recently. And if you're purging your crisper drawer, If You Have This Vegetable in Your Fridge, the FDA Says Get Rid of It.

Hot Pockets

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On Jan. 15, the FSIS announced the recall of approximately 762,615 pounds of Premium Pepperoni Pizza Hot Pockets due to potential contamination with glass or hard plastic. The affected batches expire in Feb. 2022 and are printed with EST. 7721A and lot codes 0318544624, 0319544614, 0320544614, and 0321544614. If you have the contaminated Hot Pockets at home, the FSIS recommends tossing them or returning them to the store from which you purchased them.

Chocolate milk

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Before you pour yourself a glass of chocolate milk, make sure the carton in your fridge isn't contaminated. On Jan. 17, Hiland Dairy Foods announced the recall of its half-pint 1 percent low fat chocolate milk due to potential contamination with food-grade sanitizer. The milk in question, which was sold in Oklahoma and Texas, is marked with a Jan. 27, 2021 sell-by date, as well as UPC 72060-00156-3 and plant code 4025. And if you want to play it safe, The FDA Is Urging You Not to Eat This One Type of Yogurt.

Publix Steam-in-Bag vegetables

Publix Steam-in-bag recall

You may think those vegetables in your fridge are good for you, but that's not the case if they're contaminated with potentially deadly bacteria. On Jan. 14, Publix Super Markets Inc., announced that it would be recalling its Publix Steam In Bag Green Bean Butternut Squash, Publix Steam In Bag Season Butternut Medley, and Publix Steam In Bag Butternut Brussel Pecan meals due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, which can "cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems," the recall notice reports. The recalled meals, which were sold between Jan. 3 and Jan 14, are marked with GTN codes 002-24887-00000, 002-25399-00000, and 002-25677-00000, and can be returned to your local Publix for a full refund. And for the latest recall news delivered straight to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.

Weis cookies and cream ice cream

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That tub of ice cream in your freezer could be hiding a very unpleasant surprise. On Jan. 10, the FDA announced the voluntary recall of 10,869 48-oz. cartons of Weis Quality Cookies and Cream Ice Cream due to potential metal contamination. The recalled ice cream, which is printed with UPC number 041497-01253 on the packaging, can be returned to the store you bought it from for a full refund. And for more recalls that you should know about, check out If You Have This Spice in Your Pantry, the FDA Says Check It Immediately.

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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