Campbell Soup Co has issued a wide-ranging SpaghettiOs recall. The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS) stated that Campbell's issued the SpaghettiOs recall "out of an abundance of caution" due to possible underprocessing at the Texas plant that manufactured the popular product. The recalled SpaghettiOs were sold in the Dallas area, and although the recalled varieties have been pulled from most supermarket shelves in the Dallas Metroplex at this point, it is likely that SpaghettiOs fans still have some cans in their kitchen cupboards at home. Campbell's Soup is based Paris, Texas, a short drive northeast of Dallas.
Although no illnesses have been linked to the possible production error, which was discovered by a routine inspection and investigation at the Texas plant and warehouse that produces the SpaghettiOs varieties that have been recalled, underprocessed canned foods may contain botulism. Botulism is a serious paralytic illness caused by a neurotoxin produced by Clostridium botulium bacteria. Initial symptoms include nausea and vomiting. Botulism can be fatal and the risk is especially serious because the products covered by Campbell's SpaghettiOs recall are marketed to kids and are especially popular with children, although Americans of all ages are SpaghettiOs fan's.
Campbell's SpaghettiOs recall affects the following products: SpaghettiOs with Meatballs with the identifying product code U5 on the bottom of the can; SpaghettiOs A to Z with Meatballs with the code 4N on the bottom of the can; SpaghettiOs Fun Shapes with Meatballs (Cars) with the code KS on the bottom of the can. All of the recalled SpaghettiOs contain meatballs, so if you have a can of plain SpaghettiOs lurking in your pantry, there is no need to worry.
The SpaghettiOs recall affects SpaghettiOs with Meatballs, SpaghettiOs A to Z with Meatballs and SpaghettiOs Fun Shapes with Meatballs (Cars) with sell by dates from June 2010 through December 2011. The recalled SpaghettiOs sell by dates are printed on the bottom of the can.
What Dallas area residents should do about the Campbell's SpaghettiOs recall.
Dallas parents and other SpaghettiOs fans in the Metroplex who discover the recalled SpaghettiOs in their homes should not open the cans to empty them out and you should certainly not eat them. Those varieties subject to the SpaghettiOs recall should either be thrown away or returned to the store where you bought them for an exchange or full refund.
For more information about the Campbells SpaghettiOs recall, visit the USDA FSIS website or call the Campbell's Hotline at 866 495-3774.
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