FSIS Issues Public Alert After Pieces of Glass Found In Pre-Made Meal Bowls

Oct 15, 2020 02:32 PM EDT | By Madelaine D. (staff@foodworldnews.com)

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Four pre-made meal bowls by Taylor Farms were issued public alert by the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). 

According to Eat This, Not That, an employee found pieces of glass during the production process. However, the Taylor Farm bowls still shipped to supermarkets in Houston and San Antonio, Texas, before FSIS issued an alert. 

FSIS Issues Public Alert After Pieces of Glass Found In Pre-Made Meal Bowls
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FSIS Issues Public Alert After Pieces of Glass Found In Pre-Made Meal Bowls

As per the USDA, the glass alert was not an official recall, as it is believed that the pre-made meal bowls are no longer available for the customers to purchase. However, if you have purchased one of them, it is not advisable to eat the product. You must either return it or throw it away, according to MSN. The alert mentions these bowls the company number of "EST. 34733" or "P-34733 include:  

  • Meal Simple Spaghetti Squash, Alfredo with Chicken with the lot code TFD279AU23, best by date of 10/16/20
  • Meal Simple Spaghetti Squash with Chicken, Pesto with lot code TFD279AU23, best by date of 10/13/20, or lot code TFD280AU23, best by date of 10/14/20. 
  • The Meal Simple Spaghetti Squash and Pepperoni with the lot code TFD279AU23 best by date of 10/15/20; The Meal Simple Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs 11-ounce bowl with lot code TFD279AU23, best by date of 10/13/20

The meals came in a black plastic bowl and clear plastic wrap. The packaging of the pre-made meal bowls also has a certification inspection stamp from the USDA. The bottom part of the packaging says it is made with "pride and care for" H-EB, the San Antonio-based grocery chain. The official alert, however, did not mention a specific retailer. Up to date, there is no injury report regarding the pre-made bowls. 

In early October, FWN reported that County Fresh company voluntarily recalled their fresh-cut fruits from Walmart branches due to suspected listeria contamination. The company voluntarily recalled its Freshness Guaranteed sliced apples, pineapples, grapes, mangos, and cantaloupe. The contaminated fruits were distributed to Walmart stores in nine states, as per Fox Business.

According to the notice from the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Indiana, Louisiana, Kansas, Illinois, Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Texas are the states where Walmart stores received affected fruits. County Fresh first held a voluntary recall of a limited quantity of watermelon chunks for the same reason. 

But the FDA said that the recall was a precautionary measure only. After a recent FDA inspection said they detected listeria monocytogenes in an area near where the fruits are prepared, the recall was issued. 

Listeriosis could cause severe or fatal infections in children, older people, or anyone with a compromised immune system if consumed, says FDA. Even healthy individuals could also experience short-term symptoms such as fever, severe headache, abdominal pain, stiffness, diarrhea, and nausea. 

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