Salmonella Outbreak, Unsafe Levels of Lead Cause Seafood and Beef Recalls

by Taylor Cunningham

Hey Outsiders, before you make dinner, you’ll want to read this first. The USDA has recalled quite a few food staples. The most recent recalls include items from Northeast Seafood Products, Simple Mills, and Crider Foods.

Colorado-based Northeast Seafood issued warnings yesterday when they discovered a salmonella outbreak. According to CBS4 in Denver, officials are investigating 104 illnesses. The bacteria has been tracked in 14 states. But the Northeast Seafood’s home state has seen the most cases.

On Friday, the company issued a recall for Haddock, Monkfish, Bone-in Trout, Grouper, Red Snapper, Red Rock Cod, Ocean Perch, Pacific Cod, Halibut, Coho Salmon, Atlantic Salmon Portions, Lane Snapper, Tilapia, All Natural Salmon Fillet, Pacific Sole, and Farm-Raised Striped Bass.

Albertsons, Safeway, and Sprouts grocery stores have sold the contaminated seafood. And both fresh and frozen products are on the recall list.

If you’ve eaten the contaminated fish, symptoms will usually start within six hours to six days. But rest assured that most people recover without treatment.

More Foods Recalled Over Lead and Allergy Concerns

On the same day, Simple Mills issued a voluntary recall on its Fine Ground Sea Salt Almond Flour Crackers. The decision came after the company discovered a packaging error. Some of the boxes contain Farmhouse Cheddar Almond Flour Crackers, which contain milk. And because of that, Simple Mills is concerned about dairy-intolerant consumers accidentally eating the wrong product.

You can easily check your box by looking at the UPC number. It is 856069005131. All milk-containing boxes have best-by dates between February 12th and February 15th. The voluntary recall includes individual boxes and a three- or six-pack of 4.25 oz boxes. Walmart, Target, Kroger, Publix, and Sprouts distributed the Simple Mills crackers.

Crider Mills has recalled around 525,717 pounds of canned beef with gravy products over lead poisoning concerns. According to a press release from the USDA, the food “may be contaminated with unsafe levels of lead, due to a spice mix used from an outside supplier.”

No one has reported illness from eating one of the recalled products. But a third-party testing company found that the food contains lead levels that are unsafe for human consumption.

If you have any Crider Mills cans in your pantry that include beef and gravy, check the production date. If your items were made on October 22, 2020, or March 15, 2021, throw them away or read more here.    

And furthermore, be aware that Crider Mills cans foods under other names. Some examples of lead-containing foods are Hargis House Roast Beef and Gravy and Clover Valley Fully Cooked Roast Beef with Gravy.

Health officials say people should throw away or return all of the products. However, Simple Mills crackers are safe for people without milk allergies.