What is the “neat round spaghetti that you eat with a spoon” and what is it doing inside of cans labelled Swanson 100% Natural Chicken Broth? That’s the sort of question that’s been posed to the Campbell Soup company by misled consumers who recently purchased cans that they thought were chicken broth, only to find out, upon opening them, that they contained SpaghettiOs with Meatballs.
Because of the mix-up, and the fact that people might also be allergic to some of the ingredients accidentally within the mislabeled cans, 80 cases of the chicken broth — those which might potentially contain SpaghettiOs with Meatballs rather than Swanson 100% Natural Chicken Broth — are being recalled by the soup company.
The 80 cases amount to 1,920 cans. That amounts to a whole lot of pasta and meatballs, and gives the saying “a surprise in every can” (not an actual slogan of Campbell’s) a new meaning.
When the mislabeled cans began to be discovered and reported by consumers, Campbell’s did the right thing to do under such circumstances, and had the product yanked from store shelves.
According to Campbell’s website, the recall is just confined to the chicken broth, and doesn’t extend to any other product:
In an abundance of caution, Campbell is retrieving the 80 cases of canned pasta labeled as Swanson 100% Natural Chicken Broth from the market. This recall does not affect any other Campbell products.”
A report by NBC News mentioned that the total weight of the recalled pasta and meat is 1,740 pounds.
It may sound like a mildly humorous mix-up, but if you were a consumer making a meal that requires chicken broth and you opened up a can only to find that it contained SpaghettiOs with Meatballs, you might understandably be upset.
Also, if you were a consumer who happened to be allergic to one or more of the ingredients in SpaghettiO’s with Meatballs, such as wheat gluten, milk, and soy, the mislabeled cans could even be considered to be potential health hazards.
Where might these cans of mislabeled food be located?
According to the company’s website, Paris, Texas is where the Campbell’s factory is located that sent out the mislabeled cans. The product was then sent to a distribution center which, in turn, sent the mislabeled cans to other states.
So far, the states which are known might have been sent the mislabeled food product include Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, Mississippi, and Louisiana.
According to the same NBC report, two consumers notified the soup company about the mislabeling mishap before the public recall of the product. Campbell’s has not yet received any complaints about consumers with allergies having suffered any adverse reactions.
If you are a consumer located in the region where these cans might have been shipped, and you find a can that has been incorrectly labeled, Campbell’s Soup company states that if you return them to the stores you purchased them from, you will get refunded the full purchase price.
This recall is just the latest bad news for the beleaguered soup company, who are the largest such company in the entire world. During their fourth quarter, before the recall occurred, the Campbell Soup company announced an earning loss.
News of this mishap in which the Campbell Soup company recalled cans containing SpaghettiOs with Meatballs instead of Swanson 100% Chicken Broth came right after the company’s stock closed at $43.19 at the close of the trading bell on Friday.
Written by: Douglas Cobb