E. coli Outbreak Linked to Frozen Falafel

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Posted October 7, 2022

Fast Facts
  • Illnesses: 20  
  • Hospitalizations: 5 
  • Deaths: 0
  • States: 6 
  • Recall: Yes
  • Investigation status: Active
Earth Grown vegan traditional falafel

Earth Grown vegan traditional falafel

Earth Grown vegan garlic and herb falafel

Earth Grown vegan garlic and herb falafel

Recalled Food

Earth Grown vegan traditional falafel and garlic & herb falafel

  • Sold in ALDI stores.
  • Boxes have any of the following lot numbers: 1472, 1481, 1531, 1532, 1541, 1552, 1561, 1581, 1601, 1611, 1612, 1661, 1682, 1732, 1752, 1762, 1782, 1802, or 1812.
  • See recall notice for additional information.
What You Should Do

Do not eat recalled frozen falafel. Throw it away or return it to the store for a refund.

  • Check your freezer for recalled product.
  • Wash items and surfaces that may have touched recalled product using hot soapy water or a dishwasher.

Call your healthcare provider if you have any of these severe E. coli symptoms:

  • Diarrhea and a fever higher than 102°F
  • Diarrhea for more than 3 days that is not improving
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • So much vomiting that you cannot keep liquids down
  • Signs of dehydration, such as:
    • Not peeing much
    • Dry mouth and throat
    • Feeling dizzy when standing up
What Businesses Should Do

Do not sell or serve recalled frozen falafel.

Symptoms of E. coli
  • Most people infected with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli experience severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting.
    • Symptoms usually start 3 to 4 days after swallowing the bacteria.
    • Most people recover without treatment after 5 to 7 days.
  • Some people may develop serious kidney problems (hemolytic uremic syndrome, also called HUS) and need to be hospitalized.
  • For more information about E. coli, see the E. coli Questions and Answers page.