Hunt’s Tomato Paste Recalled for Mold Contamination

Don't go making that homemade pizza sauce just yet.

We last saw a major recall in late March when Tyson issued a warning regarding contaminated chicken strips. This time, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a recall on Hunt’s tomato paste due to possible mold contamination.

The affected cans were shipped nationally, so if you’re anywhere in the U.S., take a peek in your pantry.

What products are recalled?

Hunt’s tomato paste with no salt added is the subject of the recall this time around. The 6-oz. cans are said to have been damaged shortly after the canning process, making them more susceptible to mold growth. The damage doesn’t promise the presence of mold, but Hunt’s issued the recall out of an abundance of caution.

The full statement provided by the FDA adds that no other Hunt’s products are impacted by the recall.

Hunt's Tomato Paste Recalled for Mold Contaminationvia fda.gov

How do I know if I have this product?

With this recall, there are quite a few things to look out for. To determine whether your tomato paste is contaminated, make sure to check for the following dates/identification numbers.

  • Item Description: HNT PSTE TOM NSA 12/6Z
  • Case UPC: 00-0-27000-38809-9
  • Item UPC: 00-0-27000-38807-5
  • Case Batch/Lot Code: 5291902510
  • Item Batch/Lot Code: 2105902510
  • Best By Date: OCT 16 2020

You’ll find the Item Batch/Lot Code and Best By date printed on the top of the can. The UPC will be stamped on the side.

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I have this product! What should I do with it?

Like in most recalls, your best course of action is to toss this tomato paste. You can also take it back to the place of purchase for a full refund or exchange. Conagra Brands, the parent company of Hunt’s, will answer any customer questions while the contaminated product is removed from store shelves.

You can reach the Conagra Brands Consumer Care team at 1-800-280-0301 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday

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How do I avoid mold contamination?

As always, keep an eye out for recalls. You’ll never want to consume a recalled product, no matter what. You should also keep an eye on your groceries, whether it’s the veggies in the crisper drawer or the bread on your counter (are you checking this spot?). Sometimes spoiled food can be hard to spot, so look out for these warning signs.

Frozen foods might pose a threat to your dinner plans, too, so if it’s been a minute since you’ve cleaned out your freezer, you might want to give some older things the ol’ heave-ho. Here’s how to keep your freezer organized.

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Laurie Dixon
Having a passion for writing her whole life, Laurie joined the Taste of Home team to bring together her two favorite things—creative writing and food. She spends most of her time playing with her dog, drafting up short stories and, of course, trying out new recipes.