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Huge food recall for Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and Walmart—what parents need to know

What the FDA, manufacturers and experts are saying.

Huge food recall for Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and Walmart—what parents need to know

Grab and go meals are super convenient but unfortunately, a wide selection of pre-made foods are the subject of a huge recall amid concerns about possible listeria and salmonella contamination.

The recall impacts salads, wraps, pizzas and other items sold at Trader Joe's, Walmart, Harris Teeter, Kroger, Whole Foods and 7-Eleven.

The recalled products are linked to potentially tainted vegetables sourced from McCain Foods facility in Colton, California.

In a statement on its website, McCain states it has received no illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

"This voluntary recall is being issued as a precautionary measure for the safety of consumers. We are working in cooperation with our customers and the appropriate regulatory authorities and will provide any appropriate updates," the statement reads.

The FDA notes that "many of the recalled products require cooking, which if properly done, would reduce the risk of illness from Salmonella or Listeria contamination," and some have already expired, but there are some that were sold as "ready-to-eat."

A full list of the recalled items is available on the FDA website, but impacted items include:

  • Whole Foods' Santa Fe style salad with chicken
  • Trader Joe's labeled BBQ flavored chicken salad
  • Walmart's marketside fiesta salad with steak
  • Harris Teeter Deli-Bakery brand bacon, egg and cheese burritos
  • Simple Truth and Cadence Gourmet entrees sold at Fred Meyer, Kroger and Ralphs
  • Jenny Craig chicken wraps
  • Go-Go Taquitos at 7-Eleven stores

"These recalls demonstrate just how complex and interconnected our food system is today. When you buy something from the store, it's possible the company that produced it was three companies ago," Will Wallace, senior food policy analyst for Consumers Union told USA Today. "This is a big deal."

So if you're in the habit of buying grab-and-go items, check them against the recall list, mama.

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