Campbell Soup recalls 15M pounds of SpaghettiOs

(AP) - Campbell Soup Co. is recalling 15 millionpounds of SpaghettiOs with meatballs after a cooker malfunctionedat one of the company's plants in Texas and left the meatundercooked.

The Agriculture Department announced the recall late Thursday.Campbell spokesman Anthony Sanzio said the company is recallingcertain lots of the product manufactured since December 2008 "outof an abundance of caution" because officials don't know exactlywhen the cooker at the Paris, Texas, plant malfunctioned. Officialsbelieve it happened recently but aren't sure, he said.

The meatballs that went through the cooker did not get therequisite amount of heat, according to the company.

Recalled are certain lots of three varieties of the pastaproduct often consumed by children: SpaghettiOs with Meatballs,SpaghettiOs A to Z with Meatballs, and SpaghettiOs Fun Shapes withMeatballs (Cars).

The USDA said there are no reports of illnesses associated withthe product and Sanzio said the company has received no customercomplaints to date.

The recalled products have "EST 4K," as well as a use-by datebetween June 2010 and December 2011 printed on the bottom of thecan. The products were manufactured between December 2008 and June2010 and distributed to retail establishments nationwide.

Sanzio said the company believes there are about 35,000 cases ofSpaghettiOs subject to the recall on the market right now. He saidUSDA announced the recall of 15 million pounds because that is allof the product that has been manufactured since December 2008. Muchof it has likely been consumed.

Consumers with questions about the recall can call Campbell'sHotline at (866) 495-3774.

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