FOOD SAFETY ALERT - FALAFEL ALDI

The Vermont Department of Health says:

E. coli outbreak linked to frozen falafel is over. But check your freezer for recalled Earth Grown brand frozen falafel sold at ALDI stores. If you have recalled frozen falafel, throw it away or return it. Don’t eat it.

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Vermont has three Aldi stores, including Rutland, Bennington and Brattleboro.

 Quick Facts:

  • Illnesses: 24  
  • Hospitalizations: 5 
  • Deaths: 0
  • States: 6 
  • Recall: Yes

Frozen Earth Grown Vegan Traditional Falafel and Garlic & Herb Falafel

  • Sold in ALDI stores.
  • Boxes have any of the following lot numbers: 1472, 1481, 1531, 1532, 1541, 1552, 1561, 1581, 1601, 1611, 1612, 1661, 1682, 1732, 1752, 1762, 1782, 1802, or 1812.
  • See recall notice for additional information.

What You Should Do

Do not eat recalled frozen falafel. Throw it away or return it to the store for a refund.

  • Check your freezer for recalled product.
  • Wash items and surfaces that may have touched recalled product using hot soapy water or a dishwasher.

Always follow these four food safety steps to help prevent getting sick from E. coli:

  • Clean: Wash your hands, utensils, and surfaces often. Wash fruits and vegetables before eating, cutting, or peeling.
  • Separate: Keep food that won’t be cooked separate from raw meat, poultry, and seafood.
  • Cook: Use a food thermometer to make sure you have cooked your food to a temperature high enough to kill germs.
  • Chill: Refrigerate perishable food (food that goes bad) within 2 hours, or within 1 hour if food is exposed to temperatures above 90°F, like a hot car or picnic. Thaw food in the refrigerator, not on the counter.