Whey Powder, Likely Source of Salmonella, Recalled

Goldfish and Ritz

UPDATE: July 26, 2018 – Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI), has recalled dry whey powder, a common ingredient in many consumer products, over fears it may be contaminated by salmonella.

According to an FDA announcement, AMPI’s 50-pound and 25-kg bags may be contaminated, but the company says that all of the products shipped to the marketplace tested negative for the bacteria.

This recall follows the recalls of Swiss Roll pastries, Captain John Derst’s Old Fashioned Bread, Hungry Man Chipotle BBQ Sauce Chicken Wings, certain Ritz crackers, and a variety of Goldfish crackers. All of the affected food companies have cited whey powder as the source of the possible contamination.

Flowers Foods, the maker of Swiss Rolls and Captain John Derst’s Old Fashioned Bread, has included the following products and best-by dates in the recall:

  • Mrs. Freshley’s Swiss Rolls (4-count box): 09 OCT 18 – 19 OCT 18
  • Mrs. Freshley’s Swiss Rolls (6-count box): 14 OCT 18
  • Food Lion Swiss Rolls (6-count box): 16 OCT 18
  • H-E-B Swiss Rolls (6-count box): 19 SEP 18
  • Baker’s Treat Swiss Rolls (6-count box): 21 SEP 18 – 28 SEP 18
  • Market Square (6-count box): 21 SEP 18 – 28 SEP 18
  • Great Value Swiss Rolls (6-count box): 17 SEP 18 – 25 SEP 18
  • Captain John Derst’s Old Fashioned Bread: 16 JUL 18 – 28 JUL 18

Pinnacle Foods, Inc., the producer of the affected Hungry Man dinners, included the following product and best-by date in the recall:

  • Hungry Man Chipotle BBQ Sauced Boneless Chicken Wyngz (15.25-ounce individual frozen microwaveable dinner): 6 SEP 18

For affected Ritz and Goldfish products, please continue scrolling.

There are still no confirmed cases of salmonella poisoning due to the contamination.

The FDA warns that while the source of the problem has been identified, the epidemic is probably not over. There are likely other food producers who use the whey powder, and there may be more recalls announced soon.

UPDATE: July 24, 2018 – Pepperidge Farm issued a recall for four types of Goldfish Crackers on Monday due to possible salmonella contamination.

The snack’s ingredients also include whey powder, which also caused certain types of Ritz Crackers to be recalled by Mondelēz International on Saturday.

No illnesses have been reported yet, according to the company’s press release. And it’s not yet known whether the two companies share the same whey powder supplier.

The following products and sell-by dates are included in the recall:

  • Goldfish Flavor Blasted Xtra Cheddar Crackers (2.45-ounce bag): 30 DEC 18 – 20 JAN 19
  • Goldfish Flavor Blasted Xtra Cheddar Crackers (6.6-ounce bag): 25 NOV 18 – 20 JAN 19
  • Goldfish Flavor Blasted Xtra Cheddar Crackers (30-ounce carton): 10 MAR 19 – 14 APR 19
  • Goldfish Flavor Blasted Xtra Cheddar Crackers (9-count multi-pack tray, 0.9-ounce Snack Packs): 9 DEC 18 – 23 DEC 18
  • Goldfish Flavor Blasted Xtra Cheddar Crackers (11-ounce re-sealable bag): 25 NOV 18 – 23 DEC 18
  • Goldfish Flavor Blasted Xtra Cheddar Crackers (12-count multi-pack tray, 0.9-ounce Snack Packs): 16 DEC 18 – 13 JAN 19
  • Goldfish Flavor Blasted Xtra Cheddar Crackers (8-ounce re-sealable bag): 6 JAN 19
  • Goldfish Baked with Whole Grain Xtra Cheddar Crackers (6-ounce bag): 25 NOV 18
  • Goldfish Flavor Blasted Slammin’ Sour Cream & Onion Crackers (6.6-ounce bag): 30 DEC 18
  • Goldfish Mix Xtra Cheddar + Pretzel Crackers (6.6-ounce bag): (25 NOV 18 – 16 DEC 18)
  • Goldfish Mix Xtra Cheddar + Pretzel Crackers (11.5-ounce re-sealable bag): 13 JAN 19 – 3 FEB 19
  • Goldfish Mix Xtra Cheddar + Pretzel Crackers (1.5-ounce vending bag): 20 DEC 18 – 6 JAN 19
  • Golfish Mix Flavor Blasted Xtra Cheddar + Pretzen Crackers (34-ounce carton): 31 MAR 19 – 7 APR 19
  • Goldfish Variety Pack Box (20-count Snack Packs): 23 DEC 18 – 13 JAN 19
  • Goldfish Variety Pack Box (45-count Snack Packs) 6 JAN 19 – 10 FEB 19
  • Goldfish Bold Mix Variety Pack Box (30-count Snack Packs): 9 DEC 18 – 6 JAN 19
  • Goldfish Sweet & Savory Variety Pack Box (45-count Snack Packs): 13 JAN 19 – 3 FEB 19
  • Goldfish Variety Pack Box (40-count Snack Packs): 23 DEC 18

Recalled products should not be eaten. If you’ve purchased any of these crackers, throw them away immediately or return the product to the store for a refund.

For more information about the recall, call the company at 800-679-1791.

July 23, 2018 -- The company that makes Ritz cracker products is recalling some of them due to possible salmonella contamination.

The recall affects 16 Ritz Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits products, according to Mondelēz International. The company’s whey powder provider has recalled the powder because there could be salmonella in it, the company said in a news release.

So far, there have been no reports of salmonella poisoning in connection to the Ritz products. The company issued the recall as a precaution.

Salmonella is a bacteria commonly found in meat, unpasteurized milk or cheese, eggs, and seafood. Common side effects of salmonella poisoning include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, and loss of appetite.

The following products and use-by dates are included in the recall:

  • Ritz Bits Cheese (3-ounce bag): 07 MAR 19 - 13 APR 19
  • Ritz Bits Cheese (1.5-ounce bag): 03 MAR 19 - 13 APR 19
  • Ritz Bits Cheese (1-ounce bag): 07 MAR 19 - 13 APR 19
  • Ritz Bits Cheese (12-pack carton): 08 MAR 19 - 13 APR 19
  • Ritz Bits Cheese (30-pack carton): 03 MAR 19 - 13 APR 19
  • Ritz Bits Cheese (3-ounce Go Packs): 07 MAR 19 - 12 APR 19
  • Ritz Cheese Cracker Sandwiches (10.8-ounce packs): 14 JAN 19 - 11 FEB 19
  • Ritz Cheese Cracker Sandwiches (1.35-ounce individual): 14 JAN 19 - 11 FEB 19
  • Ritz Bacon Cracker Sandwiches with Cheese (10.8-ounce packs): 05 FEB 19 - 06 FEB 19
  • Ritz Bacon Cracker Sandwiches with Cheese (1.35-ounce individual): 05 FEB 19 - 06 FEB 19
  • Ritz Whole Wheat Cracker Sandwiches with White Cheddar Cheese (10.8-ounce packs): 04 FEB 19 - 05 FEB 19
  • Ritz Whole Wheat Cracker Sandwiches with White Cheddar Cheese (1.35-ounce individual): 04 FEB 19 - 05 FEB 19
  • Ritz Everything Cracker Sandwiches with Cream Cheese (10.8-ounce packs): 06 FEB 19 - 08 FEB 19
  • Ritz Everything Cracker Sandwiches with Cream Cheese (1.35-ounce individual): 06 FEB 19 - 08 FEB 19
  • Mixed Cookie Cracker Variety (20 pack): 01 FEB 19 - 04 FEB 19
  • Mixed Cookie Cracker Variety (40 pack): 31 JAN 19 - 05 FEB 19

If you bought one of these products recently, do not eat it, and throw it away immediately.

For more information about the recall, consumers can contact the company at 844-366-1171.

 

 

WebMD Health News Brief Reviewed by Michael W. Smith, MD on July 23, 2018

Sources

Mondelēz International: “Mondelēz Global LLC Conducts Voluntary Recall of Certain Ritz Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits Product in the U.S., including Puerto Rico & U.S. Virgin Islands Due to Possible Health Risk.”

CDC: “Salmonella.”

FDA.gov: “AMPI Recalls Limited Amount of Dry Whey Powder Because of Possible Health Risk.”

Flowersfoods.com: “Flowers Foods Issues Voluntary Recall On Mrs. Freshley's And Other Brands Of Swiss Rolls And Captain John Derst's Old Fashioned Bread.”

FDA.gov: “Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, on voluntary recalls of Ritz, Goldfish and other products issued out of an abundance of caution.”

Pepperidgefarm.com: “Announcing a Voluntary Recall of Four Varieties of Goldfish® Crackers.”

USDA.gov: “FSIS Issues Public Health Alert For Products Containing FDA-Regulated Whey Powder That Has Been Recalled Due To Possible Salmonella Contamination.”

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