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Select Harvest Soups
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Rating: 1/51
CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY -- The label on this can of Select Harvest Soup reads: "100% Natural" and "Whole Grain Pasta Fagioli". The label additionally pictures a bowl of soup chock-full of pasta and nice looking veggies. To my surprise, I discovered a horrible tasting, watery mess inside the can. The substance was unlike Pasta Fagioli in that it reeked of a meaty flavor. In dismay, I read the ingredients to find that this weird substance contains chicken stock, chicken fat, pork, and beef extract.

This product contains a fully deceptive front label in the regard that Pasta Fagioli is a vegetarian dish (contains no meat).
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ok4now on 02/02/2012:
Good post Sherry. I saw this soup at my local market and it looked nasty. Read the label and I thought it was dog food. Like you said, chicken fat, pork and beef extract. Disgusting!! Also high amounts of sodium. Campbells puts a fancy label on it and jacks up the price. Do NOT but this product.
Venice09 on 02/02/2012:
Pasta F@gioli is not automatically a vegetarian dish.

"Pasta f@gioli is commonly made using cannellini beans or borlotti beans and some type of small pasta such as elbow macaroni or ditalini. The base is generally olive oil, garlic, minced onion, and spices, along with stewed tomato or tomato paste. Some variations do not include tomatoes at all, and are made from a broth. Modern restaurant recipes may be vegetarian, or include an Italian meat such as prosciutto."

Although the soup does sound awful, there is nothing wrong with it containing meat or meat byproducts if it's not labeled vegetarian.
spiderman2 on 02/02/2012:
I would never assume food is vegetarian unless it is clearly marked so. Many soups and sauces use chicken broth as a base. For example, lots of people that don't eat meat on Fridays assume clam chowder contains no meat but many recipes start off with bacon.
Venice09 on 02/02/2012:
I didn't realize bacon was in so many foods. But even if something is labeled vegetarian, I would still check the label for ingredients like chicken broth. It never hurts to look at the ingredients.

I will say again though that this soups sounds terrible, vegetarian or not.
Inat on 02/02/2012:
fat and stock are bases of many soups. a pure vegetable broth is not very tasty but a meat based broth is more robust. For the most part, stocks are an emulsion of fats and proteins which is where most of the flavor comes from. Canned soups are gross regardless of where they come from or their base stock.
Keith on 03/15/2012:
I drove tomato trucks several years to Campbells Sacramento plant, before I was permanently injured unloading 60-55 gal barrels of frozen tomato paste, 480-630lbs each, My trailer was low so they gave me a ramp which made my trailer point downhill towards the tractor, I had already unloaded 2 48,000 lb loads that Am and on way back got this load, they gave me a 1920'2 dolly wanted 4 per pallet, nearly pinched my fingers off a few times trying to get them on straight, after 20 my back blew out,At least I wasn't killed like a forklift driver I saw on a ramp that flipped him over!The water recirculates to empty the tomatoes and its black and stinky! smells like sewer water, a employee said its close to it!
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Rotten Vegetables
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I am SO disgusted with Campbell's soup products at this point. I grew up with Campbell's, raised my daughter with Campbell's as well, and for the last few years I have noticed the vegetable soups containing large chunks of rotted potatoes and carrots. In fact, about 1/2 of the can is filled with rotted potatoes and carrots. I don't even feed my dog rotted food. Where is the FDA? Why aren't they doing something about this? What is wrong with you people?? You're supposed to provide an edible product! Campbell's.. if you can't provide a quality product anymore, maybe you folks should take a hint and pack it in.

Products effected that I'm aware of are:

Campbell's Vegetable soup (ABC)
Campbell's Old-fashioned Vegetable soup
Campbell's Beef with Barley and Vegetables Soup
Campbell's Beef with Vegetables Soup
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Skye on 05/06/2011:
Did you ever contact Campbells since its been happening for the last few years that your have had rotten vegetables in their soups? If not, now would be a good time. Let them know.
MJGoldfarb on 05/06/2011:
Just a thought - is the product "out of date" shelf life wise?
bargod on 05/06/2011:
They also have a severe lack of balls (meatballs) in their soups too.
Venice09 on 05/07/2011:
I have never seen rotten vegetables in Campbell soup. They may be mushy, but not rotten. Take Skye's advice and contact them. See what they have to say.
dale1774 on 03/30/2012:
Half of can was carrots probably.
Tom Jankowski on 06/19/2014:
You aren't the only one. Add Bean with Bacon, Chunky Sirloin Burger, Chicken Gumbo to the list. The soups have rotten spots on the veggies and the soups taste like rot, dirt and mold. Money grubbers feeding us garbage for our dollars just to enjoy their profits and high living. Never buying sany of their products again.
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Change in Taste
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I grew up on Campbells Chicken n Stars, Chicken w/Rice and Chicken Noodle. Gave it to my boys as they grew up - their favorite was the Double Noodle and Mega Noodle. You can't watch TV without seeing the ads boasting of the switch to sea salt. I guess this may be a healthy move but it is a huge negative in regards to taste. The soups now seem to have a chemical taste - slightly bitter. Could you not have just reduced the salt so I could add my own salt to taste? Gave the Chicken Noodle to my son when he was sick and he couldn't eat it. I'm glad the last can is gone from my pantry and will now buy another brand which has the normal amount of salt but at least it is edible.

Very disappointed,

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MDSasquatch on 02/23/2011:
The Healthy Choice soups in the green microwavable bowls are VERY GOOD.
Anonymous on 02/23/2011:
I thought Campbell's carried a sodium free line as well?
Anonymous on 02/23/2011:
I've never seen these ads on tv. So I guess you CAN watch tv without seeing these ads
PepperElf on 02/23/2011:
Dirm - I know they did back in 2005 or so. It was unusual food actually. Their tomato soup had only 40 mg of sodium and ... well to be honest it tasted a little funny and I had to add a touch of salt.

I haven't seen it in stores since then but I just found it on Amazon so it still exists. You might have to special order it though, or see if there's a speciality store that carries it. I don't think it's a high-selling item, but .. at least they still make tit.

Look for a label like this:
david miller on 12/02/2014:
the soup taste was good but found onely 4 little peases of chicken in the whole can
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Mmm Mmm Bug
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When I opened a can of Campbell's Soup I encountered a bug. Considering I rarely eat Campbell's soup I thought what are the chances? Apparently it is not that uncommon. Perhaps Campbell's could put a warning on the label "may contain traces of insect". That way others can be forewarned to keep an eye out for creepy critters before they eat.
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Anonymous on 01/02/2010:
The odds are slim. However, keep in mind Campbells packages more than soups and you can get insects in any can of processed food, especially if fresh veggies are used. I once got a steamed (he was completely red) cricket in a can of green beans.

No complaints filed. No phone calls demanding restitution. Just tossed the sucker out. I grew up picking veggeies out the garden so a cooked bug or two was not uncommon.
Hugh_Jorgen on 01/02/2010:
For some interesting reading, check out the FDA's permissible level of contaminants sometime. Like LadyScot said, if you deal with nature, all parts of nature are liable to find themselves in the can occasionally.

For example:


* Insect filth: Average of 225 insect fragments or more per 225 grams in 6 or more subsamples
* Rodent filth: Average of 4.5 rodent hairs or more per 225 grams in 6 or more subsamples
Anonymous on 01/02/2010:
I agree with Lady and Hugh. It happens. I am impressed the OP didn't fill the review with threats to sue!
Anonymous on 01/02/2010:
Eww....I agree with the others here but just imaine being this OP and getting ready to eat your soup....gross! I know sometimes its hard to control but it still is I wonder how many peple don't realize and just eat the lil bugger.....mmmm mmmm good.....hahaha. Maybe he has extra fiber.
GenuineNerd on 01/02/2010:
I'm assuming Canada, since that Campbell's can is bilingual English/French.
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Starlord on 01/02/2010:
Our daughter will not use ketchup, as someone told her the FDA allows a certain level of insect parts. I have told her that ANY food has allowable levels for insect parts or rodent hairs, etc. It is impossible to remove every bit of contamination, and the FDA is realistic enough to set accpetable levels. It is disconcerting to find what appears to be a German cockroach in their soup, but they can contact Campbell's and they will reimburse you by sending you coupons for a lot more than you paid for that can of soup.
Anonymous on 01/02/2010:
Star, best not tell your daughter about the beetles in her sugar or the weevils in the flour lol. I keep my grain products in the freezer cause heat can cause the weevil eggs to hatch. :)

Oh, and don't keep your pasta noodles too long. Boil them and you can see little buggies.
Anonymous on 01/02/2010:
Sorry, I do not believe this post. The bug would not be in such a firm state if it had been in the can since it was manufactured.
Anonymous on 01/02/2010:
Pro, I do. My red steamed cricket was completely intact.
Ytropious on 01/02/2010:
Kind of looks like a flour beetle
PepperElf on 01/02/2010:
I once had bugs in my single-serving plastic-bowl of cereal on my second ship.

what's sad is that I was so half asleep, I didn't realize the little specks weren't part of my cereal

until I'd eaten some of it.


Anonymous on 01/02/2010: wheats! When it gets real hot and humid, those critters start hatching lol. Had those in my bowl before.

PepperElf on 01/02/2010:
I think it was some kind of flake cereal

but that was my second ship, so it was somewhere in 05 or 06
Anonymous on 01/02/2010:
Pepper, just think of it as protein. :)
MRM on 01/02/2010:
Excellent close-up photography!
PepperElf on 01/02/2010:
OO MRM very good point.

For once we have a letter-writer who KNOWS how to take a close-up photo.

Hell just for that I'll give this letter a VH mark.
Anonymous on 01/02/2010:
OMG! I can see its eyes! Staring at me! lol

Maybe so Lady. I am just a little bit leery since the whole glove in the Wendy's salad post.
PepperElf on 01/02/2010:
well the Glove-salad photo was so crappy there's no telling WHAT was really in her salad.

Plus I think most of us thought that the SaladGlove was pretty much a faked complaint. Possibly even an attempt to scam Wendy's into paying a hospital bill
Anonymous on 01/02/2010:
Yea, I remember that one Pro.
Anonymous on 01/02/2010:
Pro lol...Poor little buggy. Gave his life for a can of coup.
old fart on 01/02/2010:
For all you bug-o-phobes out there, this is NOT a cockroach!
It appears to be a Cadelle beetle, which while still a bug, doesn't have the negative cache of roaches...
Eat hearty, after all its a little bit of free protein..
old fart on 01/02/2010:
For what it's worth it is a large grain infesting insect and probably was accidentally included with the barley or rice from the soup...
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What's up bugs
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Rating: 2/51
MERCHANTVILLE, NEW JERSEY -- Look I like quick easy meals, bought some chunky soup on sale, won"t pay full price, 1/3 of can was carrots, what? I'm not a rabbit I want soup that's labeled on font of can not carrot soup with other ingredient, all their soup is the same, carrots carrot carrots, what about something like celery? string beans? Peas? are these vegetables too expensive?
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trmn8r on 11/29/2012:
Good complaint. I don't eat soup anymore, because all the canned soup I have had stinks. I wish I had the interest to make my own.
Vinnie11 on 11/29/2012:
They do go overboard with the carrots (and underboard with the Fortunately my dog LOVES them.
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Campbell Soup at Hand
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MARYSVILLE, WASHINGTON -- Having not had your cCampbells Soup on the Go for a while I thought since I had coupons for it I would give it a try again. Imagine my surprise it was the same as I had it a long time ago. A lot of broth, but no chicken and Star shaped pasta which was supposed to be in it.

Now it would be nice if you put the items in the soup that it announces on the can that it has, but there was none and that was a waste of my money to say the least. I will not pick it up at the grocery store again.
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Chunks of fat in Campbell's Chicken Noodle soup
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ORANGE, NEW JERSEY -- I brought a dozen cans of Campbell's classic chicken noodle soup that was on sales. The expiration date on the cans were September 18, 2013. I opened and warmed the first can and was disgusted when I tasted it. I thought that may be my taste buds were off and had another sip of the broth. Terrible. When I further examined the soup in my spoon, instead of the usual tender, pink chicken cubes, there were cubes of chicken fat. Fat particles floated throughout the broth. I overlooked it and said, "Probably one that got away from a bad batch. Not long after, I opened another can and there was the same mess of soup I'd had previously. Once again, I opened another can and experienced the same horror. I will be returning the cans to the supermarket. I'm really disappointed because I've been enjoying the 'Chicken Noodle' soup since childhood. "Shame on you Campbell".
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madconsumer on 01/15/2012:
since chicken is a natural product, some fat can be expected. this sounds like a quality control issue.

contact them with the label data, tell them your styory, and often times they will send you coupons for free products.
DebtorBasher on 01/15/2012:
I understand your disappointment. I'm still a big fan of Campbell's condensed soups and have found there is more fat in the chicken noodle soup than there used to be. You really do need the fat to make the broth good, but they shouldn't subsititue the meat for the fat. Let them know about it, best thing to do when you write to them is take some pictures of it...they will take it up with their quality control department and most likely send you some coupons.
Venice09 on 01/15/2012:
When I open a can of soup. the fat is usually floating on the top. I just spoon it off before pouring the soup into a pot. But fat shouldn't be the primary ingredient.

You can use this form to contact the company directly:
Bill on 11/23/2012:
I used to eat it often, until I poured a can into a strainer. I examined the "chicken" and it was chunks of gristle. Disguting garbage. That was over twenty years ago and have not eaten it again.
CProsperi on 04/14/2014:
I've not only found chunks of fat but also 2 fairly large wood splinters (1" and 1.1/2") floating in the soup. When I entered my disgust on the Campbell website, someone from their home office called me to apologize and send me some coupons for free soups. Are they kidding? Had my 2-year-old grand-daughter swallowed one of these splinters, Campbell would really find out what sorry is. I will attempt to find every website with reviews of Campbell Soup and tell my story - not that I think they care one way or another.
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Campbells "To Go" Throw Up Soup
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I have loved Campbell's soup since I was a kid. Unfortunately In the last 5 years I have noticed a decline in quality of a lot of products. I normally get instant soup from the dollar store next to work, the 2 for a dollar no name brand. I was shopping one day and noticed the campbells instant microwavable soup and thought if the dollar store stuff is good then this must be awesome! Unfortunately I was sadly mistaken. not only do the noodles taste like moldy cardboard but it has 300mg more sodium and 50 more calories than the stuff I get at the dollar store! so please beware if you can taste food.

On a scale of 1-10 I give it a 1 only because the 5 pieces of corn in it were good.
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trmn8r on 02/08/2011:
At some point in my life, and I have no idea when it was, I decided that all canned soup was a horrible excuse for soup. My guess is instant can't be much better.

I don't have the time to make soup, and hence no soup for me ):
Ytropious on 02/08/2011:
Buy a can of soup, heat it at home, and put it in a thermos. Problem solved.
Anonymous on 02/08/2011:
You know that commercial where they pour Campbell's chunky soup over rice. Looks just like vomit.
Venice09 on 02/09/2011:
I love to make homemade soup, but there's something about heating up soup from a can that makes me feel good. Especially the classics, like chicken noodle and tomato.

I haven't noticed a decline in quality of Campbell soups, but I've never had the instant variety. I can't imagine that tasting very good regardless of price.
SCIFgirl on 02/02/2012:
Thank goodness for Crock Pots! You would be surprised at the ease of making your own soup in one of these. You put your ingredients into the pot, add water and set on low/high whatever, and go on about your day to work, etc. Come home and your dinner is ready when you come through the door.
dale1774 on 03/30/2012:
Campbell's chunky soups should be called "carrot soup with something". I have measured several of the last cans I bought and average half cup of carrots per can. Not even a quarter cup of meat. One can never had enough meat to cover the bottom of measuring cup.
V.Miller on 03/06/2014:
I complained to Campbell's about their Soup on the Go ... remove plastic cap, heat soup, replace cap .. sip and enjoy. Seriously? .. Put that unsanitary - who knows where it has been - plastic cap back on and drink from it ?? Their reply did not even address how stupid this is !
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New Soup Container Blew Up In Microwave
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Purchased Campbells Select Harvest Clam Chowder in the New Container. Just spent half an hour cleaning the inside of our microwave, as it blew up and then tipped over all on its own. We have had this soup before in the can, but their new microwaveable container needs some technical work. Really ticked as the soup was on sale and my wife bought 20 of these new containers.

Another drawback; is that the containers have a perforated lid; and the units do not have cellophane wrap; so there was dirt in between the top of the can and the lid.
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clutzycook on 11/06/2010:
maybe just take it out of the container and put it into a bowl?
Anonymous on 11/06/2010:
I have to agree with the op about the microwavable bowels. Though mine didn't blow up they make really loud popping noises when in the micro.
Anonymous on 11/06/2010:
ROFL @ microwaveable "bowels" blowing up and making loud popping noises wallyworld. Freudian.
DebtorBasher on 11/06/2010:
So Wally, what you're saying is that your bowels didn't explode, ya just had some farting noises. LOL!
*Running off to bed*

Thanks for the review. Juniper...this is a good warning for parents to warn their kids if they use these. Should be a good reminder for people to not open the microwave as soon as the timer stops because if they reach for the food too soon, it can explode right in their hands and cause a serious burn. I've seen reports on that.
Anonymous on 11/07/2010:
Lmao, dang I should have caught that.
Starlord on 11/07/2010:
Question to OP. Did you remove the lid before putting the plastic lid back on, as the directions say? I have had Campbells andNutri-System which uses the same type of container. Both made loud popping sounds and jumped about a half inch while heating. If there is schmutz between the plastic cover and metal lid, just rinse it off, just as you would a regular can with dirt on it.
raven2010 on 11/07/2010:
ACK! I use campbells soup at hand all winter long without any issue. I will be aware of these new bowls and avoid them.

I HATE cleaning up exploded food.
Anonymous on 11/07/2010:
I remember when I was younger, I never knew it was bad to microwave an egg in the shell. We wanted a hard boiled egg, and thought we would experiment. Well it experiment went bad. My dad and I took an egg, put it in the microwave for a few minutes. we took it out, and just looked at it for a good 4-5 seconds and BOOOOOM! there was egg literally EVERYWHERE in the kitchen, and all over us. We just looked at each other and started cracking up! It was the most awsome thing ever! cleaning up the mess, on the other hand...was not funny.
trmn8r on 11/07/2010:
Egg everywhere, and you were cracking up? Exploding bowels? This sounds like Last Comic Standing.
Schlukitz on 01/01/2014:
Um..hello? The instruction on the package clear says "do not microwave in carton" in bold letters. Where did you think the resulting steam was going to go in a sealed carton?
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This was the first time I tried your select soup and am really glad I only bought one. This soup was the nastiest soup I have ever ate. When I opened the can the smell was disgusting, but went ahead and heated it up, one taste and I threw it in the garbage disposal. Does anyone taste this soup before you sell it. I have used Campbells soups all my life, and this is really bad for your company as far as taste and smell. I hope you do better on the next soups you make, but for me I will not purchase the select soups ever again. Thank you
Christine Williams
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Anonymous on 11/12/2009:
Just because you don't like it doesn't mean no body else does. Liver is nasty but my family loves it.
old fart on 11/12/2009:
Liver is the food of the gods...
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Ponie on 11/13/2009:
I certainly agree, Christine, however instead of bothering to make a complaint about the soups, I just don't buy them. Here's a way to make these low-this, no-that soups (or other foods) taste good: Load them up with butter, salt, and MSG. :) Only time I've ever bought them is when I had a coupon where I got it at practically no cost and didn't make the second purchase.
Right, Lady, everyone's tastes differ. I'm in agreement with OF and your family. Love liver if done properly. When ordering it out and I'm asked: Bacon or onions, my answer is 'Yes.'
I'll wait for my troll to appear with comments about my lifestyle, tastes, etc. :)
warddw1526 on 11/13/2009:
And they do have someone taste the soup. That guy from the TV commercial where they were talking about lowering the amount of salt in their soups.
Anonymous on 11/13/2009:
At least you didn't spill the soup in your lap while listening to crappy music, like a certain member on here did
ewww on 06/06/2012:
I know this is an extremely old post, but I have to say, for anyone else that comes across this, I totally agree. The taste wasn't great but it was better than the smell. It's not just the smell of broccoli because I LOVE broccoli and the smell has never bothered me. I cannot describe the smell, it was awful and it made me sick to my stomach, literally. When you open the can, it actually smelt okay, but then I heated it up. I didn't even notice the smell until the first bite, but it was horrible. I couldn't even finish the soup. I was disappointed because broccoli potatoe soup is my absolute favorite. It was like nothing I have ever smelled before and for a while I couldn't even figure out where the smell was coming from. Once I throw the soup away, the smell went away.
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