35 of the Biggest Food Recalls in US History

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30. Romaine lettuce
> No. of cases: 32
> No. of deaths: 0

On Nov. 20, 2018 the CDC advised all consumers to throw out any romaine that may be stocked in their refrigerators due to an outbreak of E.coli infections. So far, 32 people have been sickened among 11 states. Thirteen of the 32 people affected by the tainted vegetable were hospitalized from the bacteria, one of which had kidney failure. Not enough information is available to determine which source or sources are the culprit, which is why all products containing romaine, such as bags and boxes of precut lettuce and salad mixes, were urged to be tossed.

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29. SoyNut Butter Company
> No. of cases: 32
> No. of deaths: 0

In 2017, SoyNut Butter Company, which was known for its nut-free granola products and peanut butter substitutes, was the source of a 12-state E. coli outbreak. Thirty-two people fell ill, 26 of which were children. The company filed for bankruptcy shortly after the outbreak was linked to its soy nut paste product.

Source: Northfork Bison Distributions Inc.

28. Northfork Bison Distributions, Inc
>No. of cases: 33
> No. of deaths: 0

Northfork Bison Distributions, Inc., based in Quebec, Canada, recalled in July 2019 ground bison, including products sold as 4-ounce burger patties, produced between February and April. More than 30 people in eight states got sick, and 18 people were treated in a hospital, according to the CDC.

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27. Topps Meat Company
> No. of cases: 40
> No. of deaths: 0

Tainted meat from E.coli contamination forced Topps Meat Company to recall 21.7 million pounds of ground meat in 2007. The outbreak sickened 30 people. The incident doomed Topps, at the time the nation’s largest seller of frozen hamburger patties, as the company closed after the outbreak.

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26. General Mills
> No. of cases: 63
> No. of deaths: 0

General Mills, Inc. of Golden Valley, Minnesota, was in for a rude awakening in May 2016 when several batches of raw flour were linked to E. coli. Sixty-three people in 24 states became ill from consuming the flour, and 17 were hospitalized. The outbreak led to a recall of 45 million pounds of flour among three brands: Gold Medal, Gold Medal Wondra, and Signature Kitchens.