The Most Notable Consumer Food and Product Recalls of 2019

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BY:
David Fiske

Senior Vice President

Lori Hunter

Executive Vice President

December 9, 2019

David Fiske, Senior Vice President
Lori Hunter, Executive Vice President

Recalls have a big impact on what consumers buy, where they shop, and the types of foods they eat. For businesses, a recall event can pack a devastating punch.

In 2019, it seemed like everywhere you turned there was new recall situation warning consumers about a dangerous product they should avoid or tainted food they shouldn’t eat. As the year comes to a close, we’ve put together a shortlist of the top recall events in 2019 in both foods and consumer goods.

Food Products

  • Spinach. In January, the natural food retailer Whole Foods announced a recall of their Satur Farms’ baby spinach and other related greens due to Salmonella contamination.
  • Beef. The month of October got even scarier for fast-food lovers when the fast food chain Taco Bell recalled ground beef from many of its locations due to metal shavings found in the meat.
  • Chicken Recall #1. At the start of the summer grilling season, the USDA announced a recall of Perdue Foods chicken due to bone material found inside many of the company’s ready-to-eat chicken products.
  • Chicken Recall #2. Kicking off the holiday season, Tip Top Poultry also experienced a poultry-related recall of their ready-to-eat chicken products from a variety of store shelves.
  • Hummus. In July, hummus fans had to forego the chickpea delight when the U.S. Food & Drug Administration recalled 10 Pita Pal hummus brands over concerns about listeria – a bacteria that can live in soil, water, dust, animal waste and other substances.
  • Cookie Dough. In November, refrigerated cookie dough connoisseurs had to put their cravings on hold when Nestle’ recalled many of it’s ready-to-bake cookie dough products after rubber was found in some items.     
  • Apples. In October, the fall apple season took a hit when more than 2,000 cases of apples were recalled in eight states due to a listeria outbreak.
  • Infant Ibuprofen. Tris Pharma voluntarily recalled three of its Infant Ibuprofen brands when it was discovered that the product contained higher than normal concentrations of Ibuprofen.
  • Hotdogs. Just days before the Memorial Day holiday, an estimated 64,000 skinless beef hotdogs were recalled due to metal fragments found in the meat.

Consumer Goods Other Than Food

  • Target Slap Bracelets. Just last month, the Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled 22,500 slap bracelets from Target due to a laceration risk.
  • Fisher-Price Rock n’ Play Sleeper. In April, Fisher-Price recalled its inclining infant sleeper due to safety issues. This recall event was soon followed by a warning issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics advising parents against the use of any infant inclined sleep product.
  • Black and Decker Hammers. Earlier this month, Stanley Black & Decker of Towson, Md. recalled nearly 211,000 Stanley brand 16-oz. wooden handle nailing hammers due to handle grips coming loose.
  • Ford Pickup Tailgates. Earlier this month, Ford Motor Co. recalled nearly 262,000 of its heavy-duty pickup trucks in the U.S. and Canada due to tailgates opening unexpectedly.
  • Takata Airbags. Faulty Takata airbags are the latest recall event of 2019, effecting tens of millions of vehicles. But that’s not all. The newly discovered defect has recently prompted the recall of yet another 1.4 million vehicles, making it the largest auto recall in history.

Worldwide Facilities can help your clients mitigate the financial impact of a product recall event with market access to product recall insurance that includes the product refusal of coverage endorsement. To view real-life examples and read more about the refusal of coverage endorsement, see our informational product sheet: Product Refusal of Coverage: Are Your Clients Covered?

For coverage questions, please contact David Fiske at 312-465-5305 or dfiske@wwfi.com, or Lori Hunter at 213-236-4585 or lhunter@wwfi.com.

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