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FDA Food, Pet & Drug Recall Update: March 2023

We break down the recall list into categories and within those categories, reasons for the recall alerts.

Kristen Kazarian

April 3, 2023

2 Min Read
FDA recalls 2023
This list is the most recent on FDA recalls for food and beverage products; animal/vet products; and pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, and dietary products.Image courtesy of margouillatphotos via Getty Images

The FDA has announced 37 recalls since February 14, which was the end point of our first list of the year.

The nine food allergens are: fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, soybeans, eggs, milk, and the ninth is sesame — which was added this year.


Food & Beverage Recalls

Just as we saw from January 1 – February 14, most of the recalls are from packaged foods — 24 to be exact.

There also have been 4 recalls in the veterinary/animal food category, 8 for pharmaceuticals, with 1 for dietary supplements.

As was in our prior report, mislabeled packages due to undeclared allergens are the top reason for food recalls with 14 total. Here is the breakdown:

  • 6 due to undeclared nuts

  • 1 sesame

  • 2 milk

  • 2 soy

  • 1 wheat

  • 1 for many undeclared ingredients including crustacean shellfish, fish, milk, peanuts, soybean, tree nuts, and wheat

  • 1 for bonito fish, sardines, tuna, coconut, and shea nut

There were 5 packaged food products recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes. These products were strawberry granola yogurt, cocktail shrimp, Enoki mushrooms (2 separate recalls), and wild sockeye salmon.

Two products, both frozen organic strawberries, were recalled due to Hepatitis A.

The germ Cronobacter sakazakii was found in Gerber baby food, which led to one recall. And there were 2 additional recalls in the food sector: for Clostridium botulinum, which was found in Enfamil infant formula and Geisha shrimp.


Animal & Veterinary Food & Beverages

Four animal/vet products came under recall in the timeframe of this report (2/15/23-4/3/23). That makes five already for the year, with one other in early February.

Last year, there were a total of 8, and in 2021, there were a staggering 21 recalls.

  • Product being adulterated by lead

  • Potential elevated levels of Vitamin A in Omega 3 supplements for dogs & cats

  • Potential elevated levels of Aflatoxin in wild bird seed

  • Potential elevated ingredient level in dry dog food


Pharmaceuticals – Drugs & Medical Devices

The FDA includes drugs, medical devices, dietary supplements in the recall list; therefore we included them below.

  • Undeclared tadalafil and sildenafil

  • Detection of N-nitroso-dabigatran (NDAB) impurity

  • Potential for patient oxygen desaturation (low blood oxygen)

  • Possible microbial contamination

  • Potential lack of sterility

  • Non-sterility

  • Potential Bacillus cereus Contamination

  • Due to the presence of methanol, hand sanitizer was recalled

  • Product makes unsubstantiated health claims to prevent, treat, or cure COVID-19

About the Author(s)

Kristen Kazarian

Managing Editor

Kristen Kazarian has been a writer and editor for more than three decades. She has worked at several consumer magazines and B2B publications in the fields of food and beverage, packaging, processing, women's interest, local news, health and nutrition, fashion and beauty, automotive, and computers.

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