2 falafel products sold at ALDI recalled after possible E. Coli exposure

ALDI and supplier Cuisine Innovations Unlimited have voluntarily recalled two products – Earth Grown Vegan Traditional Falafel and Garlic & Herb Falafel – after a potential exposure to E. Coli.

The grocery store chain says customers should immediately discard recalled products or return them to a local ALDI for a full refund. View pictures of the product packaging below.

The FDA confirms the two falafel products have been sold at stores in many states, including Minnesota and Wisconsin, and at least 20 people have gotten sick.

“There have been 20 reported cases in six (6) states (FL, IA, KS, MI, OH and WI) with onset dates reported between July 24, 2022 and September 19, 2022 with 5 hospitalization and no deaths,” the FDA posted on Oct. 7.

ALDI has removed the products from its stores, and suppliers have not resumed production at this time.

Symptoms of an E. Coli infection are stomach cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting. The FDA says most groups will not become seriously ill upon exposure, but elderly people, children and immunocompromised people should be cautious.

(Courtesy: FDA)
(Courtesy: FDA)

Consumers in the following states should be aware of the recall: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.