Tainted beef recalled earlier this year from a California meat producer reached 36 states and Guam -- not just six states as previously believed. Thousands of retailers have now been added to a list of companies that received beef products from the company, Rancho Feeing Corp. Here's a look at other notable food recalls:
Pork sausage -- On February 21, it was announced that packaged meat company Smithfield Packing Company was recalling some 38,000 pounds of pork sausage because it contained small pieces of plastic, likely from gloves.
Ricotta Cheese - On Sept. 12, 2012, Forever Cheese issued a recall of one production lot of its Ricotta Salata Frescolina brand products due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.
Peanut Butter -- In November 2011, J.M. Smucker Co. recalled some 16-ounce jars of its Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter Chunky sold in several states because of possible salmonella contamination.
Cantaloupe -- This fruit made headlines after the CDC reported 13 people died from consuming bacteria-tainted fruit.
Eggs -- About 380 million eggs sent to 17 states were recalled amid a salmonella outbreak in 2010.
Cadbury Chocolates – June 2006 English chocolate maker Cadbury Schweppes recalled more than 1 million chocolate bars after a rare strain of salmonella bacteria was detected.
Spinach -- Fall 2006 An outbreak of food-borne illnesses caused by E. coli bacteria was initially announced in September 2006 as the FDA called for bagged spinach to be removed from shelves. Another outbreak a few months later, initially blamed on onions at Taco Bell and Taco John’s restaurants, was traced to prepackaged iceberg lettuce.
Baby Food -- July 2007 Gerber recalled organic rice and oatmeal cereals after a parent in Florida found 30 hard clumps that were potentially a choking hazard.
Ground Beef -- October 2007 Topps Meat Co. in Elizabeth, N.J., went out of business after more than 60 years after its products were the subject of what was at the time the second-largest U.S. beef recall – more than 21 million pounds.
Frozen Beef -- February 2008 The USDA recalled 143 million pounds of processed frozen beef from the Westland/Hallmark plant in California amid concerns that cattle were not properly inspected. It was the largest U.S. beef recall – enough meat for 2 hamburgers for every American, CNN reported.
Chinese Dairy -- November 2008 The U.S. banned imports of Chinese-made dairy products after the products were discovered to be tainted with melamine.
Pistachios -- March 2009 The California company Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella recalled its 2008 crop – about 1 million pounds of nuts -- after one of its customers, Kraft Foods, found salmonella during routine inspections.