Scary Cranberry Recall Has the Worst Timing


dried cranberriesRecall alert! Recall alert! All of you planning your Thanksgiving dinners, check your cranberries. Ocean Spray announced a recall Friday for sweetened, dried cranberries (AKA "Craisins") and -- HEY WAIT A MINUTE! Thanksgiving was THURSDAY -- and Ocean Spray waited until FRIDAY to announce a recall?!?

Not good, Ocean Spray. Not good. I might as well give you the details up front here: Tiny, "hair-like" fragments of metal may have been found in some packages. Ocean Spray initiated the recall on Wednesday but they didn't announce it until Friday, which brings me back to my question: REALLY, Ocean Spray? Go public with the cranberry recall AFTER Thanksgiving? Don't you think we could have used this information the day BEFORE Thanksgiving instead?

I know most people use fresh or canned cranberries for Thanksgiving day meals. I bet Ocean Spray isn't too worried about the timing of their recall announcement because dried cranberries are more of a snack food, anyway. But I saw an awful lot of dried cranberry recipes this year. People put dried cranberries in their dressing, pies, and salads. 

But doesn't this make Ocean Spray look a wee bit opportunistic? I'm so disappointed with the timing. I suspect Ocean Spray may have delayed announcing the recall Wednesday because they feared dampening cranberry sales on a major holiday -- and that timing may have put people's health at risk.

I can see how discovering metal fragments in cranberries right before one of the peak cranberry holidays would make Ocean Spray extremely nervous. If it announced the recall immediately, people might get confused and avoid buying any Ocean Spray products, not just the ones being recalled. On the other hand, while no injuries have been reported yet, what if there had been injuries? And what if one of those injured people had been you -- or one of your kids? How would you feel about the timing of the recall announcement?

Did you use dried cranberries for your Thanksgiving meal this year?


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ChicH... ChicHippie

No, but dangit if I didn't just open a brand new bag for pancakes yesterday! Now I have to go check the stupid bag. Ugh.

nonmember avatar moe

yep, ate em all up! I also had some for breakfast, but I bought those yesterday. I'm assuming Target would have taken those off the shelf.

nonmember avatar CB

Wednesday... Friday... still good on them! They're issuing a recall because of something they think MAY be an issue! Unlike MANY MANY MANY other companies that wait until something happens before recalling a product, they are being proactive. They don't even know if there are metal shards in them. Geez.


I use them a lot in scones and stuff. ick!

momav... momavanessa

Nope! We hate them!

ethan... ethans_momma06

We didn't this year. from a business stand point it would have been like shooting themselves in the foot to announce it before or on Thanksgiving.

aj23 aj23

 Nope. If it would have been canned or fresh cranberry then I would see the issue with thanksgiving since that seems to be most people use but dried cranberries aren't a major Thanksgiving staple.

Krist... KristinRox

Nope. No dried cranberries were consumed by us. I think that was irresponsible for them to make the announcement after Thanksgiving. It just makes them look greedy and like their consumers are definitely not their number one priority.

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