35 of the Biggest Food Recalls in US History

25. Nestlé USA
> No. of cases: 65
> No. of deaths: 0

People were thinking twice about eating cookie dough ice cream after 300,000 cases of Toll House refrigerated cookie-dough products were recalled in 2009. The products, made by Rosslyn, Virginia-based Nestlé USA, contained E. coli and sickened 65 people in 29 states, with 25 people going to the hospital.

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24. Townsend Farms
> No. of cases: 162
> No. of deaths: 0

An outbreak of hepatitis A virus linked to pomegranate seeds from Turkey sickened 162 people in 10 states in 2013. Townsend Farms, Inc. used the seeds to make the Townsend Farms and Harris Teeter Organic Antioxidant Blends. The FDA detained shipments of pomegranate seeds from a Turkish exporter when it was discovered they were the source of the outbreak. Townsend Farms, located in Fairview, Oregon, announced a voluntary recall of its Organic Antioxidant Blends.

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23. Colorado Premium Foods
>No. of cases: 209
> No. of deaths: 0

Beginning in March, 2019, people started getting sick from eating ground beef — from various sources — according to the CDC. No single distributor, brand, or store selling the contaminated meat was identified. Almost 30 people in 10 states were hospitalized. Two cases of a type of kidney failure were reported.

Grant Park Packing in Franklin Park, Illinois, recalled about 53,200 pounds of raw ground beef products in April. The same month, Colorado Premium Foods, in Carrollton, Georgia recalled more than 113,000 pounds of raw ground beef products.

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22. Siga Logistics de RL de CV
>No. of cases: 241
> No. of deaths: 0

The CDC reported an outbreak of Cyclospora cayetanensis (a parasite) infections linked to eating fresh basil from Siga Logistics de RL de CV of Morelos, Mexico. Infections were reported in five states, and six people were hospitalized. The company recalled the basil on July 24, 2019, about a month and a half after the first cases were first reported.

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21. JBS Tolleson, Inc.
> No. of cases: 246
> No. of deaths: 0

JBS Tolleson, Inc., based in Tolleson, Arizona, recalled nearly 7 million pounds of beef products, including ground beef, which may be contaminated with a strain of Salmonella Newport. (The recall later expanded to over 12 million pounds. The meat was packaged between July 26, 2018 and Sept. 7, 2018. The beef products were shipped to stores across the country under many brand names. As many as 246 people from 26 states have gotten sick.