Maybe I've been watching too much TV or have seen too many sci-fi films lately, but does anyone else find it strange that in the span of a few months, so many foods that we love to consume have been linked to ongoing outbreaks of bacterial intestinal infections?

Let the conspiracy theories begin, am I right?

In all seriousness, though, the list of foods that are part of these recalls is getting longer by the day and now US Health officials are warning consumers to check the following foods to make sure they're safe before you eat or purchase them.

According to WGN they include:

Pasta Salad

3-pound plastic containers of Spring Pasta Salad from Iowa based Hy-Vee has sickened at least 20 people in Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, Illinois, Missouri and Wisconsin. The product was produced between June 1 and July 13 and has expiration dates between June 22 and August 3.


Raw Turkey

90 people in 26 states have gotten salmonella from eating raw turkey products, but unfortunately health officials have yet to identify the source of the outbreak. Everyone interviewed mentioned eating different brands from many different locations.

Cut Melon

Not to ruin your summer picnics and grad parties, but you might want to avoid pre-cut melon and fruit salads that contain it.

Fruit in 23 states, including Illinois may be contaminated by salmonella. Watermelon, cantalope and honeydew sold in Walmart and Walgreens are part of this recall.

Kellog's Honey Smacks Cereal

Just go ahead and burn that box of Honey Smacks cereal, or do what my grandma did when I didn't finish my bowl of Cheerios- flush it down the toilet.

Legally, after originally being recalled on June 14th, retailers cannot sell the cereal that I haven't seen anyone eat sine my dad ate it for breakfast, lunch and dinner in the mid-80s.

Swiss Rolls

Check your kitchen pantry for Swiss Rolls. Flowers Foods says they could contaminated with salmonella. They were sold under the following brand names and you more than likely purchased them at Walmart: Mrs. Freshley’s, Food Lion, H-E-B, Baker’s Treat, Market Square, and Great Value.

Ritz Cracker Sandwiches

America's favorite buttery cracker is the newest snack favorite to be recalled by Mondelez Globall LLC. The company says they contain whey powder that has been recalled for possible salmonella contamination.  As of right now, no illnesses have been reported, but you might want to eat your cheese with Club Crackers.

McDonald's Salads

What's for lunch today? Not a salad from McDonald's. Locations in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, just to name a few, have stopped selling salads after an outbreak of cyclospora illness.

Veggie Trays

Oh crap, literally. Seeing this just reminded me that I at veggies from a food tray less than a week ago. GAH.

Del Monte Fresh vegetable trays containing broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and dill dip that were sold in owa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana, have been linked to 237 cases of cyclospora illnesses.

Have you eaten any of these? If you haven't gotten sick by now, there's a good chance you might be in the clear, but just to be safe, avoid these foods until further notice.


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