Uh-Oh! SpaghettiOs Recalled

| by Toni Brayer MD

I know the readers of EverythingHealth would never eat Campbells SpaghettiOs, but in case you know someone who does, you should know that the USDA has recalled 15,000,000 pounds of SpaghettiOs because of under processing. The recall includes 14.75-ounce cans with a use-by date between June 2010 and December 2011 of three varieties of the product: "SpaghettiOs with Meatballs," "SpaghettiOs A to Z with Meatballs," and "SpaghettiOs Fun Shapes with Meatballs (Cars)."

Consumers who have purchased those products with a plant code of "EST4K" should not eat them and should return them to the store where they were purchased for an exchange or full refund, Campbell Soup said.

More than 150 million cans of SpaghettiOs are sold each year.

Being curious, I wondered what is in this American brand that was introduced in 1965? Here is what I found:

Water, Tomato purée (Water, Tomato Paste), Enriched Macaroni Product (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Ferrous Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), High Fructose Corn Syrup, Contains Less than 2% of: Salt, Enzyme Modified Cheddar Cheese (Cheddar Cheese [Milk, Cheese Culture, Salt, Enzymes], Water, Disodium phosphate), Vegetable Oil (Corn, Cottonseed, Canola and/or Soybean), Enzyme Modified Butter, Oleoresin Paprika, Spice Extract, Citric Acid and Nonfat Dry Milk. One can contains 26g of sugar, 1700mg of salt, 74g of carbohydrates, 12g of protein and 360 calories.

Looking at these ingredients brings to mind the wise words of Michael Pollan, the food writer and researcher who advises us not to eat anything our grandparents wouldn't recognize. SpaghettiOs seem to have a lot of additives that are hard to pronounce, and that Granny would wonder about. It gives new meaning to "Uh, oh...SpaghettiOs."

Do you have any on your shelf?

Read more at EverythingHealth.net