Salmonella Risk Spurs Cereal Recall
Malt-O-Meal Recalls Unsweetened Puffed Rice, Puffed Wheat Sold Under Various Names
April 8, 2008 -- Because of salmonella risk, Malt-O-Meal is
recalling its unsweetened puffed rice and puffed wheat cereals with "Best
If Used By" dates ranging from April 8, 2008 (coded as
"APR0808") to March 18, 2009 (coded as "MAR1809").
Salmonella bacteria can cause symptoms including diarrhea, fever, nausea, and abdominal pain. Severe cases of
salmonella infection can be life-threatening.
No illnesses linked to the recalled cereals have been reported.
The recalled cereals were distributed nationwide, marketed under the
Malt-O-Meal brand and as some private label brands including Acme, America's
Choice, Food Club, Giant, Hannaford, Jewel, Laura Lynn, Pathmark, Shaw's
ShopRite, Tops, and Weis Quality.
In a news release, Malt-O-Meal states that it issued the voluntary recall
"out of an abundance of caution" after its routine safety testing
detected salmonella in a product made on March 24, 2008. The company says it
has fixed the problem and that the recalled cereals account for less than half
of one percent of the company's yearly production of ready-to-eat cereal.
Malt-O-Meal advises consumers to return the recalled cereals to the store
where they were purchased for a full refund. For more information, call
Malt-O-Meal at 877-665-9331 or visit the company's recall web site for a full list of