If You Have This Fish at Home, Throw It Away Now, FDA Says


You may need to make some adjustments to this weekend's brunch menu now that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the recall of a popular type of smoked fish. On Feb. 18, the FDA issued a recall alert for Aaron's Gourmet Smoked Fish products and buyers are "urged not to consume them."

The smoked fish in question is being recalled over a "lack of licensure and regulatory oversight by the state agency." The Aaron's Gourmet products, which come in either vacuum-sealed plastic bags or glass jars, were sold through Growers Outlet and Berry Good PDX, two farmer's markets based in Portland, Oregon.

Though no adverse effects related to the consumption of the smoked fish products have yet been reported, the FDA recommends that anyone who purchased them either throw them away or return them to the store from which they were purchased to receive a full refund. If you have the products in question at home, you can also call Aaron's Gourmet Smoked Fish at 503-372-9849 with questions. And while you're clearing out your kitchen, If You're Making Your Dinner in This, Stop Right Now, Experts Say.

Caesar dressing

You've washed and dried those greens—now it's time to make sure your dressing is safe to use on them. On Feb. 15, the FDA announced that Litehouse Inc. had voluntarily recalled 225 cases of its Brite Harbor Caesar Dressing & Dip 1.5-oz packets. The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the dressing might contain anchovies that are not included on the ingredients list. The dressing, which was sold in Oregon, Utah, and Washington, is marked with a best by date of July 13, 2021, written as "03 071321" and lot code "03 071321 16002 60/1.5 oz Brite Harbor Caesar." If you have the affected dressing in your possession, return it to the store you bought it from for a full refund. And for the latest recall news delivered straight to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.

Queso fresco
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Chips, tacos…a side of dangerous bacteria? You might be in for a bout of serious illness if you eat any Hispanic-style fresh and soft cheeses right now, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). On Feb. 17, the CDC announced that there were seven illnesses and seven hospitalizations across four states related to the consumption of Hispanic-style soft cheese, with officials in Connecticut discovering listeria bacteria in specific samples of El Abuelito queso fresco.

As a precaution, the CDC recommends that people who have weakened immune systems, are pregnant, or are 65 or older do not eat any Hispanic-style fresh and soft cheese at the moment, including queso blanco, queso fresco, and queso panela, whether made by El Abuelito or other brands. For other individuals, the CDC recommends specifically not consuming El Abuelito brand queso fresco.

If consumed, listeria can lead to confusion, headache, balance issues, fever, muscle aches, neck stiffness, and food poisoning-like symptoms in otherwise healthy people. It can also lead to miscarriage, still birth, and early delivery in pregnant people; and it's more likely to cause serious or life-threatening infections in newborns and the elderly. And for more foods you're better off tossing, If You're Eating This for Breakfast, the FDA Says Stop Immediately.

Thai curry and peanut sauces

Instead of making curry at home tonight, you might want to opt for takeout, thanks to a recent recall on a number of popular Thai sauces. On Feb. 9, the FDA issued a recall alert for Delicae Gourmet's Thai Peanut Sauce, Panang Curry Sauce, and Spicy Red Curry Sauce due to potential contamination with shrimp, an ingredient that's not listed on the label. Consuming the product could lead to a "serious or life-threatening allergic reaction" in those with a shellfish allergy, a condition thought to affect approximately two percent of the U.S. population.

The products in question, which bear UPC code #643558406919 for the Thai Peanut Sauce, #643558406711 for the Panang Curry Sauce, and #643558406810 for the Spicy Red Curry Sauce, can be returned to the store from which they were purchased for a full refund.

Ground beef
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You might be getting more than you bargained for with the ground beef in your burgers. On Feb. 2, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) reported that Greater Omaha Packing Co. raw ground beef could be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. The meat in question—which is packed in two-pound trays bearing packed dates ranging from Jan. 28, 2021 to Jan. 31, 2021—should not be consumed, but should be thrown away or returned to its place of purchase, according to the FSIS. If consumed, E. coli "can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps," kidney failure, and even death. And if you want to protect yourself, If You Bought This Beer, Throw It Out Wearing Gloves and a Face Shield.