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Trader Joe’s recalls another food product because of rocks

Grocery chain has recalled cookies and now falafel because they could contain rocks. A separate recall last week involved bugs in broccoli cheddar soup.

Joshua Hoehne |

For the second time in a week, Trader Joe’s grocery has issued a recall because the food could contain rocks. The new recall involves fully cooked falafel. Falafel is a deep-fried fritter than often contains beans or chickpeas. The product was distributed to at least 34 states and Washington DC, the company said. It’s no longer on shelves.

Anyone who had it in their homes shouldn’t eat it and can return it for a refund.

Last week, Trader Joe’s recalled two varieties of cookies after it determined they could contain rocks.

In addition, Trader Joe’s last week recalled nearly 11,000 cases of its broccoli cheddar soup in seven states “because the product has insects in the frozen broccoli florets,” according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Last year, 25 of the nearly 300 food recalls in the United States occurred because of “foreign materials” in the food, according to a U.S. PIRG Education Fund analysis of recalls through the FDA and U.S. Department of Agriculture. The foreign materials are usually pieces of metal or plastic.

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