With Kellog’s honey smack cereal being recalled last month and raw turkey products this month, salmonella has been a hot topic lately. Now, salmonella has claimed surprising victims: goldfish and crackers.
Pepperidge Farm has recalled four different goldfish crackers that have been distributed nationwide over possible salmonella contamination. The company was notified by one of its ingredient suppliers that whey powder in a seasoning that is applied to four varieties of crackers has been recalled due to potential salmonella.
The recalled crackers include Flavor Blasted Xtra Cheddar, Flavor Blasted Sour Cream & Onion, Goldfish Baked with Whole Grain Xtra Cheddar and Goldfish Mix Xtra Cheddar + Pretzel.
Last weekend, Mondelez Global LLC issued a recall on Ritz Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits products due to the possible contamination of the whey powder ingredient contained in them, also notified by its whey powder supplier. According to the company, the recall was issued as a precaution, as no illnesses have been reported yet.
Possible salmonella contamination has not only affected snacks but has also reached over to the bread department. Flower Foods recalled Swiss rolls over possible salmonella contamination due to the whey powder ingredient being possibly contaminated.
Products recalled for salmonella have same whey ingredient supplier
So far, no illnesses have been reported from any of these recalls, but consumers are advised to not eat any of the recalled foods.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), all these products have the same whey ingredient supplied by Associated Milk Producers Inc., that may have been contaminated with salmonella.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is working with Pinnacle Foods Inc. on a public health alert regarding frozen microwavable dinners with “hungry man chipotle bbq sauced boneless chicken wyngz” printed on the label and bearing a best buy date of 9/6/19, whose ranch dressing contains the whey powder recalled by supplier Associated Milk Producers, Inc.
As there are likely other food products made by other manufacturers that also use this common ingredient, there may be other recalls initiated in the coming days, the FDA said in a statement.