Trader Joe’s Issues Recall in 7 States Over Bugs in Soup

( – Trader Joe’s has recalled thousands of tubs of soup across seven states. The retailer says vegetables in the affected products contain insects. It’s the second food safety recall from Trader Joe’s in one month and at least the third this year.

On July 26, Trader Joe’s issued a recall notice on 10,889 cases of its Unexpected Broccoli Cheddar Soup. The soup is manufactured by Winter Gardens Quality Foods, Inc of New Oxford, Pennsylvania, and the recalled batch was shipped to Trader Joe’s stores in California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington. The problem with the soup is that insects have been found in the frozen broccoli florets, which are one of the product’s headline ingredients. If you bought a 20 oz plastic tub of this soup recently, you should check the batch numbers on the recall notice and take it back to the store if yours is affected.

The recall made the news at the end of July, but according to the Food and Drug Administration’s records, Trader Joe’s actually started the paperwork for it on July 10. This was the second recall of a Trader Joe’s product last month; on July 21, they recalled two varieties of their own-brand cookies. The affected batches of Almond Windmill Cookies and Dark Chocolate Chunk and Almond Cookies could contain rocks; all stocks were pulled off the shelves and destroyed, and Trader Joe’s called on customers to bring the products back for a refund.

Trader Joe’s doesn’t actually manufacture the affected cookies either, but it’s an unfortunate coincidence that three of their products turned out to be contaminated in a single month. While other companies make the products, it’s Trader Joe’s reputation that takes a hit when there’s something wrong with them — and, more importantly, it’s the customers that suffer the consequences of contaminated or substandard food.

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