Ritz and Goldfish Crackers Have Been Recalled Due to Risk of Salmonella

Its been a tough week for cracker enthusiasts following the recall of several Goldfish and Ritz Crackers products due to potential salmonella contamination.

Salmonella is an infection which can lead to some rather unpleasant health consequences. Symptoms of the virus present themselves about 12 to 72 hours after contact with salmonella bacteria and include diarrhea, fever, and cramping. While these symptoms may not seem too severe, individuals who are very young, old or who have weakened immune systems are at a higher risk for severe complications that can lead to hospitalization.

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service recently issued a public health alert for foods which contain the powder. Whey powder is used in countless food items, including crackers.

FSIS stated:

“The whey powder is an FDA-regulated product that is being voluntarily recalled by the producer, Associated Milk Producers, Inc. (AMPI). Additional FSIS-regulated products containing the recalled whey powder may be added to this public health alert as more information becomes available.”

Pepperidge Farm issued a recall for four different types of Goldfish crackers. The potentially hazardous crackers include Flavor Blasted Xtra Cheddar, Flavor Blasted Sour Cream & Onion, Goldfish Baked with Whole Grain Xtra Cheddar and Goldfish Mix Xtra Cheddar with Pretzel. These foods are said to include whey powder as an ingredient. Furthermore, Ritz Crackers recalled certain Ritz Sandwiches and other products because they also contain the powder.
Although this news is a bit concerning, the recall is only precautionary.
Featured Image via Flickr/Mike Mozart

 

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