It’s a good time to stage a full kitchen clean-out, to find all the expired and recalled products lurking in your cabinets and crisper drawers. Just last week, a flour recall had us checking the pantry, and romaine lettuce was recalled after an E. coli outbreak. Now, ready-made products are named in a Trader Joe’s recall that affects 31 states and Washington, D.C.
The recall was issued on November 27. Fuji Food Products distributed items to Trader Joe’s as well as 7-Eleven, Walgreens, Food Lion, Hannaford, Trader Joe’s, Giant Eagle Supermarkets, Porkys, Bozzutos, Supreme Lobster and Superior Foods. Find the full FDA announcement here.
What products are recalled?
The recall affects sushi, salads, queso and spring rolls. While not all products are exclusive to Trader Joe’s, the Trader Joe’s brand is specifically called out in the recall along with Okami, a widely distributed sushi brand.
The items are recalled due to traces of listeria found during a routine inspection. The FDA is conducting an investigation at the distribution facility. They haven’t narrowed down the exact source yet. Luckily, no consumers have reported an illness so far. But the manufacturer wants to make sure you keep an eye on your food this holiday season.
If you live in any of these states, take a second glance in your refrigerator: Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington D.C., West Virginia and Wisconsin.
How do I know if I have one of these products?
Because the Trader Joe’s recall is so vast, you’ll have to take a look at the list on the FDA’s website to narrow down what exactly you’ve got in your kitchen. It includes all kinds of sushi platters, California rolls, spring rolls, poke bowls and more. The Okami products listed have a Sell-By date between November 22, 2019, and December 6, 2019.
Trader Joe’s products don’t have consistent dates to check, so compare your items to the FDA list. Keep an eye out for matching UPC codes and Sell-By dates.
I have one of these products! What should I do with it?
The FDA says to toss them ASAP. It’s also important not to leave the recalled products in the trash. Your best course of action is to remove the trash bag entirely and banish the bacteria from your kitchen. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like the retailers are offering any refunds right now. (It doesn’t hurt to ask, though.)
For questions about the Trader Joe’s recall, reach out to the customer service line at 1-888-667-1504.
How can I avoid getting listeria?
The good news is that listeria is pretty easy to avoid. Milk and soft cheeses that you pick up during your grocery run should always have “pasteurized” on the label. Make sure you don’t keep sealed meats like cold cuts and hot dogs in your fridge for more than two weeks. If you’ve already opened the meat, you’ve got seven days to finish it off (as long as it’s within the sell-by date). Spouts tend to contain listeria more often than not, so you may want to skip those guys entirely.
Avoid listeria by cooking your food thoroughly and by keeping your work area clean. For more info, you can find our comprehensive guide here.