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Wegmans Announces Multiple Food Recalls Over Allergens, E.coli

Steer clear of the spinach. And the baked goods. And the gluten free products. Better yet, perhaps you should just stick to fast food. That’s got to be better for you than violent allergic reactions and E.coli, right?

We kid a bit, but Wegman’s Food Markets have announced a series of recalls over the last few weeks that cover everything from baked goods to veggies in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The recalls were announced on the FDA’s recall website.

After sixteen reported cases of E.coli 0157: H7 in New York, the Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control, the New York State Department of Health, and others collaborated to track down the source of the sickness. Shockingly enough, it was more tainted spinach.

In our younger days, spinach gave Popeye bigger muscles. Today, he'd be left with severe GI distress.

Wegmans is recalling 31,000 pounds of Organic Spinach and Spring Mix, sold from mid-October until November 1. In addition to the spinach, Wegmans has announced recalls for the following products because of possible contamination with the undeclared allergens Milk, Soy, or Pecan:

  • Wegmans Gluten Free Double Chocolate Brownie Mix
  • Wegmans Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Mix
  • Wegmans Gluten Free Honey Cornbread Mix
  • Wegmans Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix

Finally, Wegmans has also recalled the following products because they could contain pieces of clear plastic from the packaging, which could present a choking hazard:

  • Whole Pumpkin Roll, 21oz - UPC: 77890-99686
  • Half Pumpkin roll, 10oz - UPC: 77890-36693
  • Two Pumpkin roll slices, 6oz - UPC: 77890-36684

Obviously, some of these are more dangerous than others. For some, a food allergy can lead to itchy hives. For others, such as those allergic to nuts, the reaction can be far more severe, and possibly even life threatening.

As for the sickly spinach, depending on the prevalence of E.coli in the leaves, that could lead to a lot of undesirable digestive consequences for a lot of New Yorkers. The more affected parties, the more likely it is to develop into a class action lawsuit.

One question to ponder is whether the presence of E.coli in spinach is proof of a party's negligence. Prior to the past few years, salmonella and E.coli in veggies was rare. Today, it seems that there is a new outbreak every week. Food producers are held to the standard of the reasonable producer. They don't have to be exceptional - rather, they must be reasonable. As foodborne illness increases (44% increase in the last two years), one wonders when the standard will be "not too many recalls" instead of "no recalls."

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