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Before Thanksgiving 2019, Check Your Kitchen For These Recalled Foods

Thanksgiving is celebrated in the U.S. on the fourth Thursday of November, which falls on Nov. 28. It gives people time to cook for their family and friends, forget work for a day and relax.

However, before you prepare meals as a host of Thanksgiving festivities this year, you may want to check your pantry and fridge for some potentially harmful food. Federal health officials recently recalled several common consumer products for contamination. 

You don’t want to spend Black Friday with a bad stomach. To help you get a nice and safe meal, read on to see the recently recalled foods that might have been in your kitchen. 

Cottage Cheese

Breakstone's cottage cheese has been recalled after consumers reported red plastic in the product’s containers. Nearly 9,500 cases of three cottage cheese products are being temporarily removed from stores to check the contamination, CNN reported Monday.

The recalled products are Breakstone's 2% Milkfat Lowfat Large Curd Cottage Cheese and both the small and large curd 4% Milkfat Cottage Cheese. All products have a use-by date of Dec. 10, 2019.

Romaine Lettuce

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a warning about the link between an E. coli outbreak that affected 40 people in 16 states and romaine lettuce distributed from Salinas, Calif.

"If romaine lettuce does not have labeling information for its growing area or the source cannot be confirmed, consumers should not eat or use the romaine," Frank Yiannas of the Food and Drug Administration said. "Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell romaine lettuce if they cannot confirm it is from outside Salinas."

Cheese Nips

Mondelēz Global decided to temporarily suspend the distribution of Cheese Nips after finding some boxes were contaminated with small plastic pieces.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said the product contained yellow plastic pieces that came from dough scraper during production process. The recall involves only 11-ounce Cheese Nips boxes with "best by" date of May 18, 19 and 20 of 2020. 

Chicken Fried Rice

More than 172,600 pounds of chicken fried rice products were recently recalled by Mississippi company due to plastic pieces. Affected products were being shipped to Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey and Texas.

Officials said consumers should avoid the frozen chicken produced from July 9 to July 11 and with establishment number "P-34708" inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Raw Pork

The U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service has received a report that a company in Illinois has been producing raw pork products without inspection. The tip led the company to recall 515,000 pounds of raw pork items produced between November 2017 and November of this year.

Affected products include pork loin, pork back ribs and pork chops being distributed and sold around the state.

pork chop A company in Illinois has recalled 515,000 pounds of raw pork items produced between November 2017 and November of this year due to lack of health inspection. Pixabay