Food Bank Recalls Canned Mandarin Oranges Due to Possible Health Risk

Recalled Mandarin Oranges. Source: Recall notice.
Recalled Mandarin Oranges. Source: Recall notice.

Released by Tamara Kilgore

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank on March 17, 2016, announcing a voluntary recall of one lot of Imperial Choice Mandarin Oranges Broken Segments in Light Syrup because some of the cans from this lot may leak, bulge or burst open.

The product may be contaminated by spoilage organisms or pathogens, which could lead to serious or life-threatening illness if consumed. This recall only affects cans marked with code “4200/01029”.

Bulging cans may be swollen at the top, bottom or both ends. Even if cans from this lot appear normal, this product should not be eaten.

This recall only involves product that was distributed August 2015 through January 2016 through the Food Bank’s network of pantries throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania. The mandarin oranges were also distributed at Produce to People distributions in Allegheny Valley, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, McKeesport, Sheraden, Southside, Washington and West Greene and through emergency aid boxes provided to people visiting the Food Bank’s facility in Duquesne PA.

Any consumer who has cans from this lot should dispose of them. Pantries with cans from this lot should remove them from their shelves and contact the Food Bank with an inventory of how many cans are remaining. The Food Bank is in communication with its supplier of this product and the Food and Drug Administration regarding this recall and no illnesses have been reported as of the March 17 release.

The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1980 that distributes more than 23 million meals annually throughout a network of more than 400 partners across 11 counties in southwestern Pennsylvania. For more information on hunger in the Pittsburgh PA region, or to get involved with the food bank, visit

A Pittsburgh marathon fundraiser is held in the Spring to raise money for the food bank.

The City of Pittsburgh is located in southwestern Pennsylvania, Allegheny County.

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