Ragu recalls three flavors of pasta sauce including Chunky Tomato Garlic & Onion
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If you purchased Ragú pasta sauce in the past week, check your cupboards or refrigerator. The company that makes it, Mizkan America Inc., has recalled three flavors of the sauce because they may contain plastic fragments. The sauces involved in this recall were produced between June 4 and June 8, 2019. ­

The flavors are Chunky Tomato Garlic & Onion, Old World Style Traditional, and Old World Style Meat. Check the cap of the jars to see whether it's marked with the cap codes and "best if used by" dates involved in the recall. (See below for details.) 

The problem was discovered during “our normal course of operations and quality checks,” said a spokesperson for Mizkan America. 

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A total of 9,130 cases of the sauces were recalled. However, the Mizkan spokesperson said: “The vast majority of these cases were still contained at retailer warehouses and distribution centers. Based on our investigations, we believe a limited amount of products may have reached store shelves last week at the earliest.” Retailers who received the product were notified. The company hasn't received any complaints or reports of injuries.

“If you have any of the recalled sauce in your home, don’t eat it,” says James E. Rogers, Ph.D., director of food safety research and testing at Consumer Reports. “When foreign materials, like plastic, get into food, it can cause injury.” 

The Details

Products recalled: 45- and/or 66-ounce jars of Ragú pasta sauces in the following flavors and with the following cap codes and "best if used by" dates:

• Ragú Chunky Tomato Garlic & Onion, 45 ounces
     Cap Code: JUN0620YU2
     Best Use By Date: JUN0620YU2

• Ragú Chunky Tomato Garlic & Onion, 66 ounces
     Cap Code: JUN0620YU2
     Best Use By Date: JUN0620YU2

• Ragú Chunky Tomato Garlic & Onion, 66 ounces
     Cap Code: JUN0520YU2
     Best Use by Date: JUN0520YU2

• Ragú Old World Style Traditional, 66 ounces
     Cap Code: JUN0420YU2
     Best Use By Date: JUN0420YU2

• Ragú Old World Style Meat, 66 ounces
     Cap Code: JUN0520YU2
     Best Use By Date: JUN0520YU2

The problem: The sauces may contain plastic fragments.

The fix: Before buying these products, consumers should check labels for the cap codes and dates listed above. Consumers who purchased any of these sauces in the last week should check the jars they have at home to make sure the sauce isn't involved in the recall.

How to contact the manufacturer: Call the company’s consumer hotline at 800-328-7248 Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Standard Time. The company will issue a replacement coupon.   

How to contact the Food and Drug Administration: If you experience a problem, such as foreign objects in food or foodborne illness, with any food except for meat, poultry, or processed egg products, you can report it to the FDA by calling 866-300-4374 or contacting the FDA consumer complaint coordinator for your state. For problems with meat, poultry, and processed egg products, you can report it to the Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection service on its website, or by calling the USDA’s meat and poultry hotline at 888-674-6854.

Ragu Old World Style Traditional sauce is part of the Ragú recall.
Check the cap code and "best if used by" date on the product cap to see whether the sauce is part of the Ragú recall.
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