Sunday, October 1, 2023

Recall: Trader Joe’s pulls 2 products contaminated with rocks, insects

Insects were found in some Trader Joe’s Unexpected Broccoli Cheddar Soup (SKU# 68470), while rocks were detected the next day in its fully cooked falafel. Both items have been recalled. (Courtesy photos)

WILMINGTON — It’s not a case of déjà vu.

READ MORE: Recall: 2 types of Trader Joe’s cookies could contain rocks

Only three days after Trader Joe’s recalled two brands of cookies due to potentially being contaminated by rocks, another recall took place with the same foreign material — only this time in its falafel.

On Friday, July 28, the grocery store noted its supplier of Trader Joe’s Fully Cooked Falafel (SKU# 93935) informed the company the product “may contain rocks.”

Items were sold in more than 30 states, including North Carolina. They are no longer for sale in stores and have been destroyed, according to the grocer.

Buyers are encouraged to toss the product or return them to Trader Joe’s for a full refund.

The day before the falafel recall, TJ announced its Unexpected Broccoli Cheddar Soup (SKU# 68470) could contain insects. Packages affected have “use by” dates of July 18, 2023, to September 15, 2023.

“No known adverse health effects have been reported to date, and all potentially affected product has been removed from sale and destroyed,” its recall announcement included.

Questions about recalls can be sent to Trader Joe’s Customer Relations by calling (626) 599-3817, Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pacific Time — or click here to access a form to email.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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