If You Have This Meat at Home, Throw It Away Now, USDA Says

This one kind of meat may be contaminated with E. coli and could prove hazardous to your health.

Before you make dinner tonight, you might want to check your fridge and freezer to ensure that the ingredients you're using are safe. According to the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), there's one brand of beef you should not be consuming due to E. coli contamination. Read on to discover if the food in your fridge should be tossed, and for more kitchen staples to avoid, If You're Eating This for Breakfast, the FDA Says Stop Immediately.

On Feb. 2, the FSIS issued a public health alert for raw beef produced by Greater Omaha Packing Co. Inc. Some of the affected beef, which was subsequently sold through Art's Food Market in Sandwich, Illinois, tested positive for E. coli O157:H7, which can lead to serious, often life-threatening health issues, including abdominal cramps, dehydration, digestive issues, and kidney failure, the latter of which is most common in older adults and children under the age of 5.

The meat in question came in two-pound trays and was packed between Jan. 28, 2021 and Jan. 31, 2021, dates that are noted on the packaging. Although no illnesses had been reported due to consumption of the product at the time the public health alert was issued, the FSIS says that the beef subject to the health alert should not be consumed. "These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase," the notice states.

Greater Omaha Packing Co. joins a long list of companies to pull their products over safety concerns recently; read on to discover if a food you have at home could be putting your health at risk. And for more foods to get rid of now, If You Have This Beloved Snack at Home, Throw It Away Immediately.

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think! oatmeal

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On Jan. 28, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that certain think! oatmeal products had been recalled. The company pulled its Protein + Fiber Oatmeal in the Farmer's Market Berry Crumble flavor from shelves due to potential contamination with tree nuts—specifically pecans and almonds—that was not disclosed on the packaging, thus presenting a potentially fatal health risk to anyone with a tree nut allergy. The recalled oatmeal has either UPC number 753656711836 or 753656712338 on the packaging, and can be returned to the store from which it was purchased for a refund. And before you pour yourself that first cup in the morning, know that If You Have This Coffee at Home, the FDA Says Get Rid of It Now.

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Oakshire Brewing beer

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Do you typically take your trash out wearing PPE? If you have one type of beer from Oakshire Brewing at home, you might have to start. The Eugene, Oregon-based brewery issued a recall on their Theme From the Bottom: Mango Raspberry Cheesecake Smoothie Sour Ale over "signs of refermentation" that could cause the cans to burst.

The beer, which was sold online and in Oakshire Brewing's taproom between Jan. 16 and Jan. 18, should be disposed of with care, the company warned. "Before disposing of any cans of Theme Mango Cheesecake, please put on protective gloves and a face shield (or goggles and a mask)" and place it in a closed box outdoors, they recommend. Anyone with the beer at home can contact Oakshire Brewing for a refund or credit to the brewery. And for more drinks to ditch, If You Have This Milk in Your Fridge, the FDA Says Get Rid of It Now.

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House-Autry tartar sauce

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Before you dig into those fish and chips, make sure your tartar sauce is fit for consumption first. On Jan. 22, the FDA announced the recall of 9-oz. bottles of House-Autry tartar sauce due to "verification of spoilage." If you have one of the affected bottles at home—which have 2021 best by dates of Aug. 18, Aug. 23, Sept. 16, Sept. 17, Sept. 18, and Sept. 21 printed on their packaging—you can return them to the store from which they were purchased for a refund. And for the latest recall news delivered straight to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.

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Bickel's Snack Foods' popcorn

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Before the Super Bowl this weekend, you might want to swap out that popcorn for something safer to eat. On Jan. 25, the FDA announced the voluntary recall of Bickel's Snack Foods' 8-oz. Butter Flavored Popcorn due to milk ingredients not disclosed on the packaging, presenting a risk to anyone with a milk allergy or sensitivity. The affected popcorn, which bears UPC code 70175 06021 and has a use by date of Mar. 29, was sold exclusively at Publix supermarkets in Georgia and North Carolina, and can be returned to said stores for a refund. And speaking of Super Bowl snacks, If You Have These Chips at Home, the FDA Says Check Them Immediately.

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