Trader Joe’s Recalls Tamales Making It’s 6th Recall in 5 Weeks

Trader Joe’s is facing yet another recall, making it the retailer’s sixth product to be pulled from shelves in recent weeks. 

The next product under investigation is the Texas Tamale Company Gourmet Black Bean Tamales, which were discovered to contain undeclared milk. Individuals who are allergic to or intolerant to dairy face a major health risk.

The recall, which was prompted by a consumer complaint, affects 1,632 units of the product branded “#17023 Texas Tamale Black Bean Tamales.” These goods may actually contain Hatch Green Chile and Cheese Tamales due to a packing error. 

 The mislabeled products were delivered to stores in nine states: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. 

Texas Tamale Co. verified in a statement made through the US Food and Drug Administration that no illnesses have been recorded thus far and advised customers who purchased the impacted product to return it for a full refund.

This follows a slew of alarming Trader Joe’s recalls. The grocery chain removed its Multigrain Crackers with Sunflower and Flax Seeds from the shelves just over a week ago owing to suspected metal contamination.

The Almond Windmill Cookies, Dark Chocolate Chunk and Almond Cookies, and Almond Cookies were recalled on July 25 due to the presence of rocks. 

Surprisingly, the same rock issue plagued the Fully Cooked Falafel, prompting its recall on July 28. Trader Joe’s had also previously alerted customers about their Unexpected Broccoli Cheddar Soup, which had an unexpected ingredient: insects.

Texas Tamale Co. apologized for the recent recall, underlining that consumer safety is its top priority. “We deeply regret any inconvenience or apprehension this incident may have caused,” the business said in a statement.

According to certified dietitian Jamie Lee McIntyre, these recalls should not shake consumer trust in Trader Joe’s. She told Yahoo Life that recalls are frequently precautionary actions conducted in collaboration with regulatory bodies to protect customers from potential danger.

The reaction among Trader Joe’s customers has been mixed. One customer commended the company’s transparency, tweeting, “This level of transparency actually makes me trust a company more, not less. They don’t have a higher level of product issues than other grocery chains, but they immediately say so, when they do.” another lamented the string of recalls, saying, “Too many recalls, won’t shop there.”

Given these instances, it’s clear that customers will have to balance the benefits and drawbacks before making their own informed decisions about shopping at Trader Joe’s.

The List Of Recalled Products From Trader’s Joe

Check your pantry, fridge, and freezer for the following recalled Trader Joe’s products:

  • Almond Windmill Cookies with an expiration date of October 19, 2023, to October 21, 2023.
  • Dark Chocolate Chunk and Almond Cookies with an expiration date of October 17, 2023, to October 21, 2023.
  • Broccoli Cheddar Soup with a use-by date of July 18, 2023, to September 15, 2023.
  • Fully Cooked Falafel sold only in the following states: AL, AR, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, Washington DC, and WI.
  • Multigrain Crackers with Sunflower and Flax Seeds with an expiration date ranging from March 1, 2024, to March 5, 2024.
  • Texas Tamale Company Gourmet Black Bean Tamales with a best-before date before June 19, 2025 sold only in AL, AR, CO, KS, LA, NM, OK, TN, and TX stores.

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