It was reported a few weeks ago by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention that romaine lettuce caused 172 people to get sick in 32 states and one of those people actually died. It was the romaine lettuce that was being harvested within the Arizona region that was said to be affected and was carrying the E. coli bacteria.
However, it was reported that it is now officially safe to eat romaine lettuce again since things are under control. 35,000 tons of Kroger beef were also recalled at the beginning of the month by the United States Department of Agriculture. It was reported that there have been complaints that the ground beef some people have bought actually got some bits and pieces of blue plastic on it, hence they had to pull out that much. This time around, they are actually pulling out 228,000 pounds of Spam, continue reading to find out more about it.
Thousand pounds of Spam had to be recalled
Metal objects have reportedly been found in a lot of Spam goods these past few weeks, which is why the United States Department of Agriculture is currently recalling 228,000 pounds from retail stores together with another product that is said to be made by Hormel. This is after four people have actually complained that they have found some metal objects on their food that caused some minor oral injuries.
Some experts said that this is, of course, hazardous to the health especially if the metal particles actually get into the body. The Food and Safety Inspection Service actually explained that it was the canned chicken and pork that was produced in February that could possibly have the metal objects in it. The particular Spam product which has the label “Spam Classic” is what they are actually talking about.
This product had been shipped and distributed all over the country and its Best By date is until February 2021. The USDA also revealed the production codes of the products they are trying to recall so that the consumers will be able to identify if the particular Spam they got is actually from the batch that the authorities are trying to recall. If you have Spam Classic with the product codes F010881, F010882, F010883, F010884, F010885, F010886, F010887, F010888, and F010889, then its probably best if you get rid of it.
The recall is actually not just for the Spam Classic product, but also to another canned product called Hormel Foods Black-Label Luncheon Loaf, which has the same expiration date as the Spam one, but this particular canned product was only shipped to Guam. Health experts said that it is always best to make sure consumers examine the food that they eat especially if it is out of a can.
Canned Food: Good or Bad
According to registered dietitian Kayla McDonell, any food that is consumed out of the norm can be considered as bad. It basically goes with the saying that says too much of anything is bad. There may be some foods that can be considered as unhealthy, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that they are bad for you. Just like junk foods and carbonated drinks, they are indeed unhealthy because they contain lots of preservatives and sugar, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that they are bad, because if they are then people wouldn’t actually eat it, it is more of a choice to eat healthily or not.
Same goes for canned foods, a lot of people believe that canned foods are bad and anything out of a can is basically bad because of the harmful ingredients. It is a fact that the nutritional level of canned foods is extremely low especially if compared to fresh produce and even frozen foods, however, based on some research, it is not always the case.
Old school canning actually preserves most of the nutrients in the food, so if it contains any vitamins then it would still have it even if it’s canned. One of the main reasons why people actually eat canned products is because they are way more affordable, it is way more convenient and of course, it does not spoil easily. Most people are worried that canned foods may contain deadly bacteria but then again, it is sold in the market and it is edible. It may not be the best choice when it comes to healthy foods but it is consumable.