Health experts warn that food at home could carry greater risks for a Thanksgiving season already interrupted by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
The vacation will already look different for many as the United States reaches a staggering death toll of more than 255,000 coronavirus, and experts warn meeting travel is likely to increase spread.
And with issues ranging from a lack of a new inspection to possible contamination, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued public health warnings this month for four food items as potential risks.
“The FSIS is concerned that some products may be in consumers’ refrigerators. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a health care practitioner,” a public health advisory said, adding that products that fall under the recalls should not be consumed.
Chicken and Beef Samosa
On Saturday, the FSIS issued a public health notice for chicken and beef samosa products containing spring roll pastries that were recalled by the manufacturer, Tee Yih Jia (TYJ) Food Manufacturing.
The alarm comes from a wrong brand and an undeclared allergen, the alarm said. A recall has not been issued because the Food and Drug Administration is still investigating the pastry. No adverse effects were reported.
The chicken and beef samosa items were manufactured from November 11, 2019 to November 11, 2020, and have the plant number “EST. 44163” or “P-44163” within the USDA inspection mark, says the ‘notice. They were shipped to California, New York and Texas.
Chicken and pork tamales
Some ready-to-eat chicken and pork tamales were recalled on Nov. 15 after Tucson Tamale Wholesale Co. found pieces of hard plastic in cans of pureed diced tomatoes from an ingredient supplier, the recall said.
“Hard plastic can pose a choking hazard or cause damage to teeth or gums,” the recall said, although no confirmed reports of adverse reactions from consumption have been reported.
The recall applies to “Tucson Tamales” green chili chicken and pork packages that were manufactured between October 22, 2020 and November 9, 2020 under the plant number “EST. 45860,” the recall says.
The tamales were distributed nationwide.
The ingredient supplier recalled the diced pureed tomatoes in coordination with the FDA.
FSIS issued a public health notice for beef products that had not been submitted for re-inspection at the United States import.
The culinary stock of Wegmans beef with no added salt was imported around November 5 and the warning was issued the following week.
Although no adverse reactions have been reported from consuming the 32-ounce containers with codes 25MAR2022 and 26MAR2022 on the label, the FSIS said the products should be thrown away or returned to the store they were purchased from.
The articles were sent to New York, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, according to the notice.
Spaghetti and meatballs
Earlier this month, FSIS issued a notice for 15.5-ounce plastic containers of “Spaghetti and Meatballs in Marinara Sauce to Take Home.”
The alarm warns that food may be contaminated with metal. Some consumers have found that Kwik Trips, Inc. products have pieces incorporated into the meatballs, according to the notice.
The notice applies to products with packaging dates from 10/17/20 to 11/1/20 and expiration dates from 10/25/20 to 11/9/20 on product labels. The items, with factory number “EST. 20852”, were shipped to Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
The product has not been withdrawn because it is no longer available for purchase, but officials fear it will be eaten by customers who have already purchased them.