Contamination Of Food, Your Meal May Be Your Last

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Ever since the beginning of the pandemics, everyone is more cautious about their food and overall health. Eating healthy food generates a positive impact on the mental and physical health of individuals. But contamination with pathogens, plastic, metal or any other disease causing agent can cause your food unhealthy for consumption.

But what if the processed food you purchase from the market of a well-known brand has contamination? Things can never be entirely in an individual’s control. Fortunately, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration monitors the safety and efficacy profiles of drugs and food items. Furthermore, there are many other duties that the FDA performs to keep people safe and healthy.

Most people have resolved to eat healthily and maintain fitness in the year 2021. Individuals now prefer nutritious snacks and eating habits for overall well-being. Yogurt is a nutrient rich food, high in protein, promotes digestion, strengthens the immune system, protects against osteoporosis, and enhances heart health. Due to its impressive benefits, many individuals have developed a habit of eating yogurt almost daily.

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According to WHO, mycotoxins containing food cause long lasting damage to the health of individuals. Furthermore, mold causing mycotoxin formation can lead to cancer and immune deficiencies. The World Health Organization also said that several hundred mold types could contaminate food or water, yet around a dozen are capable of causing severe damage to human health.

Is Your Yogurt Safe For Consumption?

The yogurt in your fridge may not be healthy; the FDA this week recalled a type of yogurt as there is a possibility that this type contains mold in it. Lavva’s parent company, EVR foods, has voluntarily recalled Lavva’s Blueberry Plant-Based yogurt. The FDA also urges people to stop their consumption as recent testing shows the possibility that the blueberry flavor of Lavva’s plant-based yogurt contains mold. 

The company claims that recalling is for extra caution; so far, there are no disease occurrences due to its product consumption. There is a mild risk that the blueberry flavor, specifically the 5.3-ounce container with an expiration date of 022121 printed on the bottom of the cup, has mold contamination. 

Lavva produced this batch of the product’s blueberry flavors in a single plant in Norwich, New York. Moreover, the product was distributed from New York to all retail stores nationwide. 

According to the U.S Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), some molds can produce mycotoxins, a poisonous substance that can make individuals sick. Some molds also cause hypersensitivity reactions or allergic reactions and respiratory problems in individuals that consume mold-contaminated foods. 

Lava originated in 2017; the company promotes plant-based foods and distributes its products nationwide. However, due to suspension that the blueberry flavored yogurt has mold contamination, the company voluntarily recalled its product and requested consumers not to eat it. Moreover, the company urges individuals to return the product to their point of purchase for a full refund.  

Are There Other Products That Are On Radar?

Well, you never know what or which food item is contaminated with pathogens or parasites, which can lead consumers to lethal or long-lasting abnormalities or diseases. It is essential to look at the manufacturing and expiry dates of the product and the contents. 

It is better to have natural food items as part of your diet; you can use fully-cooked dishes as well. When you cook any food item at a temperature above 70 degrees or in boiling water, the food becomes healthy by removing most pathogens. 

Yet, for frozen foods manufacturing companies have to make sure that their product manufacturing occurs in a sterile environment. A clean environment will lower the risk of contamination. To see the food you eat, especially during eating, is vital; you can see mold growth or large parasites with the naked eye and avoid their consumption.

There are some food items that their manufacturers recall due to some unfavorable conditions or manufacturing abnormalities. It would help if you looked out for edibles for Weis ice cream, food club garlic powder, Dole salad kits, and Lean Cuisine chicken meals.

Ice Cream Lovers Lookout For Metal Contamination – Weis Ice Cream 

If you are an ice-cream lover, you need to be cautious about your ice-cream and check it is safe to eat before eating it. The FDA recalled manufacturer Weis Markets for two popular flavors of ice cream on January 10, 2021. Metal contamination of the product, leads to its recall by the company. 

Cookies and Cream flavored ice-cream contain metal equipment in it. Thus, 10,869 containers of Weis Quality Cookies and Cream ice cream (48 oz.) and 502 bulk containers of Klein’s Vanilla Dairy Ice Cream (3 gallons) were recalled. 

The affected product has the UPC number 041497-01253 and the sell-by date October 28, 2021. Whosoever has ice-cream with the above UPC number and sell-by date shall return the ice cream containers to where you purchased them from and receive a full refund. 

197 Weis Market stores sell ice cream from that UPC number in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. 

Wrong Filling Of Products – Salad Kits and Garlic Powder

If you have B&G Foods’ Food Club garlic powder with best by-dates of November 19, 2022, and Nov.20, 2022, your garlic powder contains undeclared soy. The product was mistakenly containing bacon-flavored bits, as confirmed by FDA. 

A total of 1301 cases of wrong filled product occur. Although it is not lethal contamination, the wrong filling of the product can cause the problem to people who are allergic to bacon. 

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Similarly, another product with incorrect or undeclared substance filling was recalled and reported by the FDA on January 5, 2021. Dressing and toppings in Dole’s Sesame Asian Chopped Salad Kits can cause allergies to multiple consumers. The label lacks information regarding the egg containing toppings. Furthermore, the eggs were not part of the salad kit in the first place. 

The affected product has UPC number 0-71430-00035-9 and lot code B364016 or B364017, with a best-by date of January 15. The products are sold at retail stores in Alaska, California, Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, and Utah. 

Plastic Contamination In Lean Cuisine Chicken Meal

The FSIS issue a warning upon receiving complaints about plastic contamination in the Lean Cuisine Chicken Meal. The Lean Cuisine Baked Chicken, white meat chicken with stuffing, red skin mashed potatoes, and gravy, contains plastic fragments as complained by customers. The product has lot code 0246595911, best-by-date of October 2021, and establishment number EST. P-9018.  

According to Nestle, plastic contamination occurs due to the breakage of plastic conveyor belt during mashed potatoes production. Thus, leading to plastic contamination of the product that renders it not safe to eat. 


Adeena Tariq Lari
The author is a graduate of dental surgery from the Dow University Health Sciences, Karachi. She has an academic background in content writing as well as English literature, giving her an edge in the field. Adeena is always curious about physical and mental health. She is always passionate about research and delivering high-quality reliable content to users.