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USDA Recalls Over 35,000 Lbs. of Frozen Meals Deemed 'Unfit for Human Food'

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Whether you like cooking or avoid it at all costs, it’s generally nice (and wise) to keep a few ready-to-go meals on hand for days when you’re rushing around and don’t have time to prepare anything else.

Pasta is many people’s comfort food. Carbs and creamy sauces accompanied by some sort of protein is a staple for many people, and for good reason — it’s delicious.

But not so delicious is food poisoning. And on Thursday, Oct. 11, a recall went out for four pasta dishes distributed by Valley Fine Foods.

The company, based in Forest City, North Carolina, discovered that some of its products could pose health risks, and they reported the incident to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service.

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In a statement released this week, the FSIS stated that Valley Fine Foods is “recalling approximately 35,516 pounds of heat-treated, not fully cooked meat and poultry products that may be adulterated due to presence of spoilage organisms that have rendered it unwholesome and unfit for human food.”

The recall is being categorized as a “Class II Recall,” which is described on the FSIS website as being “a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.”

Class I poses a “reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death,” and Class III is a case where “the product will not cause adverse health consequences.”

The recall applies to 12-ounce portion sizes of four different “Simple Dishes” pasta meals: Chicken Penne Alfredo, Chicken Primavera, Italian Sausage Ziti, and Rigatoni with Meatballs and a Mushroom Cream Sauce.

As of yet, no one has reported getting ill after consuming one of these products, but authorities are urging people who may have purchased these meals to check their containers and throw out any suspicious products or return them.

According to the news release, “These items were shipped retail locations in California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan and North Carolina.”

If you think you may have purchased any of these questionable meals, check out the statement released by the FSIS, which has more specifics on suspect UPC Codes and package numbering.

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It’s encouraging to see companies self-regulating in this manner and being vigilant to warn consumers when something may have gone wrong — but they can only do so much.

You have to be aware of the recall and act on it if you have any of the risky products!

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
Languages Spoken
English und ein bißchen Deutsch
Topics of Expertise
Faith, Animals, Cooking