IMAGE SOURCE: SpaghettiOs Meatballs A to Z on FSIS Web site
The Campbell Soup Company is recalling 35,000 cases or 15 million pounds of SpaghettiOs in the U.S. because some of the meat in the kid-favorite food may be underprocessed.
The Department of Agriculture announced the recall this week.
The recall covers canned pasta with meatballs that was made between December 2008 and June 2010. The company admits that most of the recalled items have probably already been consumed.
Why then the recall?
Some of the more recently manufactured product may not yet have reached consumers. The product recalled includes SpaghettiOs with Meatballs, A to Z, Fun Shapes with Meatballs.
The problem was spotted at the company's plant in Paris, Texas when it was determined that a meat cooker was broken. Without reaching the proper temperature bacterial growth in the can can make the contents spoil before the expiration date.
There have been no reports of illness after consumption of SpaghettiOs so the company says the recall is being done “out of an abundance of caution.”
Consumers should look for a “use-by” date of between June 2010 and December 2011. The plant code on the can is EST4K is on the bottom of the can.
The company found that the cooker had malfunctioned but doesn’t know when that began so to be on the safe side is recalling products that go back as far as the end of 2008.
AP reports the company says it has received no customer complaints to date. The SpaghettiO hotline is (866) 485-3774.
Recalled items include:
- "SpaghettiOs" with Meatballs in 14.75-ounce cans;
- "SpaghettiOs" A to Z with Meatballs in 14.75-ounce cans; and
- "SpaghettiOs" Fun Shapes with Meatballs (Cars) in 14.75-ounce cans.