15 million pounds of SpaghettiOs recalled

Popular canned pasta with meatballs is removed from shelves due to "underprocessing" at Campbell Soup Company plant

Published June 18, 2010 6:37PM (EDT)

If you're looking to get your canned pasta and meatballs fix, you're going to have to seek refuge in the arms of Chef Boyardee. SpaghettiOs are off the market.

Consumer Reports and CBS News report that the Campbell Soup Company has recalled 15 million pounds of SpaghettiOs after a routine inspection of a company plant in Texas showed that a cooker wasn't hot enough to guarantee "commercial sterility." This means the pasta and meat were "underprocessed" and vulnerable to spoilage, although there have been no reports of illness.

Campbell's spokesman Anthony Sanzio says that signs of spoilage are obvious.  "The can might be bloated, or there would be a foul odor when opened."

The three varieties of SpaghettiOs recalled are SpaghettiOs with Meatballs, SpaghettiOs A to Z with Meatballs, and SpaghettiOs Fun Shapes with Meatballs. All are stamped with "EST 4K" on the bottom of the can.

Now that that's taken care of, one important question remains: What do we do with 15 million pounds of inedible SpaghettiOs?


By Jamie Kapalko

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