Spaghetti-Os Recall Issued Due to Choking Risk From Can Lining

More than 350,000 cans of Spaghetti-Os have been recalled, following consumer complaints that indicate a red plastic material was found in some cans of the popular Campbell’s pasta, posing a choking hazard for consumers. 

The Campbell’s Spaghetti-O recall was announced by the FDA on November 12, indicating that an inner lining of the can may peel off, leaving pieces of red plastic within the product that could pose a risk for individuals eating the product, which are often young children.

Several consumers have reported they found the peeled can lining in their food, but no injuries have been reported to date.

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According to the notice, Campbell’s is recalling the entire lot that may be impacted by the peeling can lining. The manufacturer stated that the pieces of plastic are food grade, and will not cause harm if swallowed. However, if the pieces are large enough, they could pose a choking hazard for consumers. The recall has been initiated to encourage consumers to not take the chance and return the products.

Campbell’s responded to multiple Facebook inquiries, explaining to customers that the can went through multiple metal detectors, magnets, and x-ray scans. However, this process would not detect the peeled liners because it is not a foreign object and apart of the can. Campbell’s said they are formally investigating why the plastic separated from the can, and are looking into the manufacturing process to prevent further incidents.

A major concern of Campbell’s and the FDA is that consumers will not be able to identify the plastic pieces among the red pasta sauce, which could increase the risk of choking. Since the plastic is red and the soup base of the product may blend in with one another, many people may not be aware of the plastic pieces presence.

Parents and caregivers should verify if their products are impacted by the recall immediately before serving the Spaghetti-Os products to children who may be at a higher risk of choking from smaller pieces.

Included in the recall are 355,000 14.2 ounce cans of Spaghetti-Os Original product with a Best By date of February 22, 2017 stamped on the base. The cans are also marked with UPC code 51000 22432, located under the bar code.

The cans were manufactured in Paris, Texas under Campbell Soup Company and shipped to retailers in Colorado, Texas, Louisiana, Missouri, Kansas, Arizona, California, Utah, Washington, Oregon, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Idaho.

The FDA is asking consumers to stop eating the recalled products immediately and return the cans to the store of purchase for either an exchange or a full refund. Customers with further questions may contact Campbell’s customer service at 1-866-535-3774.

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