Uh-oh: SpaghettiOs with meatballs recalled

By Associated Press
Posted June 18, 2010 at 6:39 a.m.

Campbell Soup Co. is recalling 15 million pounds of SpaghettiOs with meatballs after a cooker malfunctioned at one of the company’s plants in Texas and left the meat undercooked.

The Agriculture Department announced the recall late Thursday. Campbell spokesman Anthony Sanzio said the company is recalling certain lots of the product manufactured since December 2008 “out of an abundance of caution” because officials don’t know exactly when the cooker at the Paris, Texas, plant malfunctioned. Officials believe it happened recently but aren’t sure, he said.

The meatballs that went through the cooker did not get the requisite amount of heat, according to the company.

Recalled are certain lots of three varieties of the pasta product often consumed by children: SpaghettiOs with Meatballs, SpaghettiOs A to Z with Meatballs, and SpaghettiOs Fun Shapes with Meatballs (Cars).

The USDA said there are no reports of illnesses associated with the product and Sanzio said the company has received no customer complaints to date.

The recalled products have “EST 4K,” as well as a use-by date between June 2010 and December 2011 printed on the bottom of the can. The products were manufactured between December 2008 and June 2010 and distributed to retail establishments nationwide.

Sanzio said the company believes there are about 35,000 cases of SpaghettiOs subject to the recall on the market right now. He said USDA announced the recall of 15 million pounds because that is all of the product that has been manufactured since December 2008. Much of it has likely been consumed.

Consumers with questions about the recall can call Campbell’s Hotline at (866) 495-3774.

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  1. Gil Ramirez June 18, 2010 at 8:41 a.m.

    Botulism in the 21st century…Anyone remember the Castleberry’s botulism outbreak during the summer of 2007? Cans were under-processed then, too. Government discovered that management was to blame…

  2. chris June 18, 2010 at 8:44 a.m.

    uh oh, tainted spaghettios!

  3. Jack Nagy June 18, 2010 at 9:51 a.m.

    People still eat this?

  4. Sandy June 18, 2010 at 10:53 a.m.

    I know I have been feeding this to my children. if its been going on since 2008 makes you wounder WHY IN THE HELL HAVE IT TAKEN THEM THIS LONG TO FINE OUT SOMETHING WAS WRONG dont they inspected the plant where they make this. And your are to feel safe feeding this kind of food to you children. They say noone got sick or no reports have been made Humm i know i called when i open a can of soup and it smelt like MOLD to me and that was last year. I still have the couponds they sent me to replace the can of soup.
    Well going to my kitchen and all Campbell products and being tossed out.

  5. mark June 18, 2010 at 11:16 a.m.

    Its obvious that Al Queda has infiltrated our Spaghetti-O’s. Whats next?

  6. david wayne osedach June 18, 2010 at 11:42 a.m.

    Uh – oh! There goes our Sunday lunch!

  7. Concerned 4 u June 18, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    Too late 4 me and my kids. As the lord is my witness, we ate some a couple of days ago in Elmhurst Il. and I got sick as hell for three days.
    It was real watery in the first place and didn’t have the thicker consistancy it usually has and I should of known better.
    I’m never buying that crap again as long as I live.

  8. AuntBee June 18, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    That stuff has always been inedible. Who eats spagetti from a can? DISGUSTING!

  9. noneya June 18, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    UGH, people still eat this garbage?

  10. Spike June 18, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Who in God’s name would have the poor sense to eat this, let along feed their kids with it?