The Agriculture Department announced Thursday that Campbell Soup Co. is recalling “15 million pounds of SpaghettiOs with meatballs after a cooker malfunctioned at one of the company's plants in Texas and left the meat undercooked.” (M.C. Jalonick, AP Washington, 6/18). The company is recalling cans made since December in “an abundance of caution” since they are not precisely sure when the cooker began to malfunction.
The recalled spagettiOs include: SpaghettiOs with Meatballs, SpaghettiOs A to Z with Meatballs, and SpaghettiOs Fun Shapes with Meatballs (Cars). The recalled products have “EST 4K, as well as a use-by date between June 2010 and December 2011 printed on the bottom of the can.
The products were manufactured between December 2008 and June 2010 and distributed to retail establishments nationwide.”
The USDA said there are “no reports of illnesses associated with the product and Sanzio said the company has received no customer complaints to date.”
Consumers with questions about the recall can call Campbell's Hotline at (866) 495-3774. As a products liability attorney, I strongly encourage parents to check their cabinets immediately for the defective product.