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Campbell Soup at Hand
Posted by Ballanty3 on 09/16/2012
MARYSVILLE, WASHINGTON -- Having not had your cCampbells Soup on the Go for awhile 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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Posted by Letmylifesing on 02/29/2012
This has been one of my favorite soups in the past. however the last two cans that I bought have changed my opinion. There wasn't one single piece of chicken in either can. very little corn and mostly carrots and potatoes. I'm not sure how either of them passed any inspection id you even have inspections. very disappointed and not likely that I will buy that kind of soup again.
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Posted by Venice09 on 2012-02-29:
Campbell's is really taking a hit lately.

Here's a link to their contact page. You should let them know. If they get enough negative feedback, they will have to do something about it.

Posted by Skye on 2012-02-29:
If you want good soup, Progresso is the way to go.

I love their light selection, and they NEVER skimp on ingredients and they actually taste homemade.
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Mold in Chicken Broth
Posted by Aayles on 01/17/2012
I just opened 4 cans of chicken broth that I bought 2 weeks ago that had mold in them... I checked the bottom of the can for expiration date and it said April 2013???!!! Good thing I had some Swansons broth to finish my chicken and noodles!
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Posted by madconsumer on 2012-01-17:
report this to the telephone number listed on the can label. there will also be a production date they will require. often times, they will send you coupons for free items.

good thing you did not use it, consuming mold can be a health risk.
Posted by lexophiliac on 2012-01-17:
Gross! Campbell's company has been taking a beating for quite some time, complaints varying with the product. I just read a complaint about mold in Swanson's broth too, the container, not the can. I used the Swanson's chicken broth in a container to make tortilla soup the other night, it has a little spout, would be hard to spot any mold until it was poured out. Maybe I should go back to the can.
You might want to let the store you purchased it from know also, they may decide to pull existing stock off the shelves in the interest of consumer safety.
Posted by trmn8r on 2012-01-17:
I would think that the company would be very interested in this, and send you coupons for replacements. There is often a phone# on the package.
Posted by Venice09 on 2012-01-17:
I use Campbells and Swanson and haven't noticed anything strange. Maybe I should start paying more attention.

If there is no 800 number on the can, here's a link for feedback:

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Chunks of fat in Campbell's Chicken Noodle soup
Posted by Cjokay123 on 01/15/2012
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 maybe 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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Posted by madconsumer on 2012-01-15:
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.
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2012-01-15:
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.
Posted by Venice09 on 2012-01-15:
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:

Posted by Bill on 2012-11-23:
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.
Posted by CProsperi on 2014-04-14:
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
Posted by Nicky25 on 02/08/2011
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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Posted by trmn8r on 2011-02-08:
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 ):
Posted by Ytropious on 2011-02-08:
Buy a can of soup, heat it at home, and put it in a thermos. Problem solved.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-02-08:
You know that commercial where they pour Campbell's chunky soup over rice. Looks just like vomit.
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-02-09:
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.
Posted by SCIFgirl on 2012-02-02:
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.
Posted by dale1774 on 2012-03-30:
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.
Posted by V.Miller on 2014-03-06:
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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Go back seven to ten years and make your soup like it use to be
Posted by Efh111 on 11/17/2010
The new clam soup well it just is not there nor is the clams or the flavor. why did you change it it was o so good about ten years a go. My grand farther had a general store in Maine in the 1940 on then in the 80&90 I have seen your product go down hill. I went to the store and came home with your new clam chowder and that will be my last time I buy it. I came home with ten cans that day. the rest have all ready gone out with the dump un opend
Ernest Hillman
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Posted by saj80 on 2010-11-17:
It's all about profitability, not taste.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-11-17:
I agree with the op, campbell's soups have gone down hill.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-11-17:
You can't produce a top of the line CONDENSED SOUP and be competitive pricewise with others for long.
It is what it is.
If you spend a little more money you will taste the difference.
Posted by bargod on 2010-11-17:
That's too bad you don't enjoy them anymore. Maybe instead of throwing them out next time drop them off at a local food bank. There's always someone who will appreciate them.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-11-17:
bargod> What about muffin stumps?
Posted by bargod on 2010-11-17:
Let's not bring YaYa into this.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-11-17:
Heyyyyyyy! I'm standing right here!
Posted by bargod on 2010-11-17:
Sorry I thought you had left the room.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-11-17:
I'm short so I'm easy to miss
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2010-11-17:
I just bought a can of their clam chowder for my Dad about a week ago (I don't eat clams)... He told me when he opened it, he thought what nice chucks of clams they had in it...then he realized they were all potatoes and said he couldn't even find any clams in it.

Man-O-Man, I sure miss HappyAsAClam!
Posted by bargod on 2010-11-17:
Good thing he didn't get the Italian wedding soup, he would have been disapointed with the lack of balls in them.
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2010-11-17:
I still buy their condensed soup...Tomato, cream of chicken, noodle soup, veggie soup...yummmmmm....
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-11-17:
I use Cream of Chicken a lot when I cook. But if I'm going to eat canned soup, I buy Progresso
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2010-11-17:
Ringgg Ringggg...Let me talk to my nanna....I HATE that commerical!
Posted by old fart on 2010-11-17:
how come they don't make Manhattan style clam chowder anymore?
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-11-17:
OldF, that soup was awful to me. You liked it?
Posted by grandma005 on 2010-11-17:
Why did you not take the cans back with your receipt and get your money back?
Posted by Starlord on 2010-11-17:
I have never liked the Manhattan style clam chowder, vegetable soup with bits of clam, pfui! I love a good bowl of New England clam chowder, especially the chowder they serve at Skippers in Olympia and Centralia, WA. They now have it in cans, and it beats whatever you will find at Safeway. Tip, go to the one in Centralia. What they sell as a bowl in Centralia is a cup in Olympia and the bowl is about all I can eat. Same prices on both. Yummmm.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-11-17:
Skipper's CC was very good. My Son loved it when he was a kid. I shall try to find some in the can out here.
Posted by PepperElf on 2010-11-18:
bargod ++ >:-)
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2010-11-18:
Cevi, what state do you live in?
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Low Sodium New England Clam Chowder Tastes Like Sulfur And Is Awful!
Posted by Sue8888 on 11/11/2010
The company claims to have added Sea Salt but something makes it taste like sulfur. It is awful and that is all I taste. Why couldn't they just cut back on the salt - use the sea salt but not add the other awful taste.

I could have added any additional salt I wanted but now I can't fix it - all I taste is sulfur.
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Company Response on 11/15/2010:
Hi Sue8888,
Sorry you were not happy with the New England Clam Chowder you tried. We would love to gather some more feedback. Please give us a call at 1.800.257.8443. We are here Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 7 PM EST.
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Posted by Alain on 2010-11-12:
Go to http://www.campbellsoup.com, click on contact us and then on 'Send Us Feedback' to let them know about this.
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Where the beef ?????
Posted by Gilbert kid on 06/18/2010
I just finished eating a can of chunky vegetable beef soup, not one piece of beef in it. That's not very good.

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Posted by dale1774 on 2012-03-30:
How many carrots? Should call it carrot and beef juice soup and fat juice.
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Mealworn in Healthy choice New England
Posted by Scojo on 02/07/2010
I am soooooo angry! I just opened my soup and began eating it only to find a mealworm inside it, I thought omg a worm. Thinking I was going to call cambells on monday and have them reinburst seems like a joke. I will never ever buy soup again from them, this is by far the most disgusting thing I have ever seen. I am vomiting of the thought of this, I will everytime that I am in a store in that isle make a scene about soup and all of the things everyone seems to find in it from Campbells!
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Posted by Anonymous on 2010-02-07:
Here we go again. Clam chowder has potatoes. Potatoes grow in the dirt. Dirt has bugs. Campbells also makes soups with other veggies in it so there are going to me more dirt grown veggies prepared there which means the possibility of more bugs. They do a great job weeding out the bugs, but some will slip through.

I can not believe how people get so upset over this and can not imagine how a bug could possibly be in a food that is grown with bugs. When I was growing up we had a garden. If a bug showed up in cooked veggies, we tossed it out.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-02-07:
Go ahead and make a scene in the store, that will help. (NH!)

Posted by Anonymous on 2010-02-07:
While I agree, this IS nasty, it HAPPENS. Even teh govt allows for a certain percentage of bug and other foreign matter in our food. Please, calm down, send an email to Campbell's, and wait for your coupons.

Even if you had ingested the thing, the amount of processing our food goes through would guarantee you would suffer no true ill effects, other than disgust.
Posted by Starlord on 2010-02-07:
Number 1. your caplock key is stuck. Please fix it. Number 2. you are making a mountain out of a molehill. Cut the drama, would ya? Only in America do people make such a fuss over a bit of free protein. Number 3. the word you want is not isle (a small island) but aisle. Go ahead and make a scene in the soup aisle. Sadly, I won't be there to see you get ejected from the store. Campbell make good soups and one measly worm got through the preparation of thousands of gallons of soup, and you are acting like it is the end of the world.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-02-07:
I wish I had the link to the USDA list of acceptable standards for "miscellaneous" items (bugs, droppings, etc) being in our packaged foods. The OP would never eat again.
Posted by Skye on 2010-02-07:
OP, are you aware there is a certain percentage of, I guess bugs, that go into our food products? You would be disgusted.

But, going to the store, standing in the aisle to cause a scene, will only get you escorted out or arrested. Your complaint is with Campbells, not the store from which you purchased it.
Posted by Skye on 2010-02-07:
Oh Pro, I didn't see your response! You already had that covered!
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-02-07:
Here is the USDA site...I will try to find it in there Skye...

Posted by Starlord on 2010-02-07:
The proper thing to do is contact Campbell's and let them know about your experience. They really do want to make you happy. Everyone is entitled to a second chance.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-02-07:
The OP seems to think only Campbells soup can have bugs.
Posted by Skye on 2010-02-07:
I found a site, but it was for the equipment, not the actual food products. Good find.

People also need to realize also, when wheat fields are being cut down for our foods, there are also many little creatures that also get pulverized. We all eat them, we just don't think about it.

I understand and would also be grossed out at finding a meal worm in my soup. For me, I would wonder how many I had actually swallowed, before noticing. It's all good, protein right.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-02-07:
LOL Skye and thank you for the link Lady. :)
Posted by Nohandle on 2010-02-07:
LS is absolutely correct to my way of thinking. If anyone thinks he is purchasing something canned, fresh.. whatever and believes it to always be free of bugs, worms and anything else you can imagine then he is deceiving himself. I don't want to eat the critters anymore than another individual but by golly it happens with any food product. Gather your own fresh produce, wash it thoroughly and you might be amazed by that one little fella that misses your close inspection.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-02-07:
Did you know crickets turn red when they are cooked/steamed? Guess how I know lol.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-02-07:
Ewww, Lady. That is nasty. LOL
Posted by Nohandle on 2010-02-07:
I don't ever remember enjoying a steamed cricket but did come home from the grocery with a bag of cornmeal with bugs in it. Yes sir, I did. I store my flour and cornmeal in the freezer but have learned to open the bag first and take a long look beforehand.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-02-07:
No, you hit on a major one. :) I store my flour, cornmeal etc in the freezer too. The grain has weevil eggs in it that will hatch when moisture and warm temperatures collide. High humidity is the worst! Also, did you know spaghetti and pasta noodles have the same? Ever notice those brown or black specks? Guess what they are?
Posted by PepperElf on 2010-02-08:
making a scene every time you're in the store?

apparently this is a store you don't mind being banned from I take it.

Posted by Anonymous on 2010-02-08:
Its gross, but it happens. I agree with everyone else here......Just call campbell soups and wait for your coupons, as said earlier.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-02-08:
LadyS, you had Crickets before?
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-02-08:
Zz, accidentally cooked one in some green beans once lol. He was a red sucker. Looked like a sunburned lobster. Poor thing.
Posted by RedDazes on 2010-02-08:
The fact is that(as others have noted) there is a certain percentage of bugs/animal products that are allowed to be in food. Where do you think the ingredients are coming from? A sterile vapor locked room, inside of some laboratory? Sorry... but they come from out doors, with dirt and bugs and icky things. It just happens once in a while, something slips past the sorters... no need to blow a gasket over it.

I once found a spider in a can of Pepsi. Luckily I was pouring it into a glass to drink...uuugg... still get chills. Know what I did? I wrote Pepsi a nice, coherent letter. With proper grammar, spelling and no unnecessary CAPS. Explaining the situation, how disgusted it made me, and that I would like to be reimbursed for the ick-factor. Thanked them very much for their time and customer service. And received a 12 pack of Pepsi for free. Ah sweet validation.
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Mmm Mmm Bug
Posted by Jalingra on 01/02/2010
The Bug
The Bug
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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Posted by Anonymous on 2010-01-02:
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.
Posted by Hugh_Jorgen on 2010-01-02:
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
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-01-02:
I agree with Lady and Hugh. It happens. I am impressed the OP didnt fill the review with threats to sue!
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-01-02:
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 gross...lol i wonder how many peple dont realize and just eat the lil bugger.....mmmm mmmm good.....hahaha. Maybe he has extra fiber.
Posted by GenuineNerd on 2010-01-02:
I'm assuming Canada, since that Campbell's can is bilingual English/French.
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Posted by Starlord on 2010-01-02:
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.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-01-02:
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.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-01-02:
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.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-01-02:
Pro, I do. My red steamed cricket was completely in tact.
Posted by Ytropious on 2010-01-02:
Kinda looks like a flour beetle
Posted by PepperElf on 2010-01-02:
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.


Posted by Anonymous on 2010-01-02:
Ooh...Pepper...mini wheats! When it gets real hot and humid, those critters start hatching lol. Had those in my bowl before.

Posted by PepperElf on 2010-01-02:
i think it was some kind of flake cereal

but that was my second ship, so it was somewhere in 05 or 06
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-01-02:
Pepper, just think of it as protein. :)
Posted by MRM on 2010-01-02:
Excellent close-up photography!
Posted by PepperElf on 2010-01-02:
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.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-01-02:
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.
Posted by PepperElf on 2010-01-02:
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
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-01-02:
Yea, I remember that one Pro.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-01-02:
Pro lol...Poor little buggy. Gave his life for a can of coup.
Posted by old fart on 2010-01-02:
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 it's a little bit of free protein..
Posted by old fart on 2010-01-02:
For what it's worth it is a large grain infesting insect and probably was accidently included with the barley or rice from the soup...
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