ALDI’s falafel tied to a new multistate E. coli outbreak

By Ghuman


Recently, a multistate E. coli outbreak has been linked to ALDI’s falafel products. The outbreak has been reported in several states, including California, Illinois, and Wisconsin. ALDI has issued a recall of the affected products and is working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate the source of the contamination. This is a serious health concern and it is important to be aware of the potential risks associated with consuming ALDI’s falafel products.

E. coli Outbreak Linked to ALDI’s Falafel

A multistate E. coli outbreak has been linked to ALDI’s falafel, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The outbreak has affected at least 10 people in seven states, with the most cases reported in Michigan and Wisconsin.

The CDC is advising consumers to avoid eating ALDI’s falafel and to throw away any remaining product. The agency is also recommending that people who have eaten the product and are experiencing symptoms of E. coli infection, such as diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and vomiting, seek medical attention.

The outbreak is believed to be linked to a specific lot of ALDI’s falafel, which was sold in stores in Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York. The CDC is working with state and local health departments to investigate the outbreak and identify the source of the contamination.

This is not the first time ALDI’s falafel has been linked to an E. coli outbreak. In 2018, the company recalled a different lot of falafel due to a potential contamination. The company has since implemented new safety measures to prevent future outbreaks.

E. coli is a type of bacteria that can cause serious illness, including kidney failure. It is important to practice good food safety practices, such as washing hands and surfaces often, to prevent the spread of the bacteria.

Since July of this year, 20 people across six states have been infected with the same strain of E. coli. Among them, five had to be hospitalized and one developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, known to cause kidney failure.

No deaths have been reported, but this latest E. Coli outbreak has now sparked both a joint investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and product recalls from one of America’s fastest-growing grocery retail chains. After speaking with 18 of the infected individuals, investigators discovered that 15 had been shopping at the same grocer.

Cuisine Innovations Unlimited, LLC has announced the voluntary recall of its Earth Grown Vegan Traditional Falafel and Earth Grown Garlic & Herb Falafel products due to the possible presence of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli. Both products were sold exclusively at Aldi grocery stores.

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Aldi noted the products were immediately removed from store shelves and described the recall as “a precautionary measure due to potential exposure to E. Coli.” Among the 18 infected people interviewed by investigators, six reported eating Earth Grown frozen falafel in the week leading up to their infection.

“ALDI takes the safety and integrity of the products it sells seriously. If customers have product(s) affected by this voluntary recall, they should discard it immediately or return it to their local store for a full refund,” the company, with over 2,000 U.S. locations, said in a statement.

earth grown vegan traditional falafel
earth grown vegan garlic & herb falafel

E. Coli, of course, is the absolute last ingredient anyone should find in their food. Ingestion of Shiga toxin-producing E. Coli can cause foodborne illness and symptoms including vomiting, stomach cramps, and diarrhea. An infection can be especially harmful to the elderly, the young, and the immuno-compromised.

While documented infections have occurred in Michigan, Florida, Wisconsin, Ohio, Iowa, and Kansas, the two recalled falafel food items were being sold in far more states. The full list includes Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Both items (Traditional Falafels 12 oz. box 4099100224337, Garlic & Herb Falafels 12 oz. box 4099100224344) were also available to buy via Aldi’s partnership with the grocery delivery service Instacart. The products came in a box displaying any of the following Lot numbers: 1472, 1481, 1531, 1532, 1541, 1552, 1561, 1581, 1601, 1611, 1612, 1661, 1682, 1732, 1752, 1762, 1782, 1802, and 1812, and would have been shipped to stores after June 24, 2021.

If you’re wondering where to find the Lot number, it can be found in the “Best if used by” area on the outside flap of the box.

If you’ve purchased either the Earth Grown Vegan Traditional Falafel or the Garlic & Herb Falafel at an Aldi location, and your box shows one of the Lot numbers displayed above, you can return them to the store you bought them at for a full refund. You can contact the supplier at 1-201-439-1036, Ext. 26, for more information.

Per the CDC, it’s likely that far more than just 20 people have been infected with E. Coli during this outbreak. It usually takes about a month to even determine if a sick person is part of a particular outbreak, and many infections go unnoticed if the symptoms don’t warrant medical attention.