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Goldfish, Ritz And Other Products Recalled Due To Possible Ingredient Contamination

Goldfish crackers are touted as the 'wholesome snack that smiles back until you bite their heads off' in the commercial, but now some goldfish might be able to bite back. Pepperidge Farm, the company that makes the popular snack food, is recalling more than 3.3 million units of fish crackers due to possible salmonella contamination. Four flavors are on the recall list, so if you keep this item in the pantry you may want to check.

The company, which is owned by Campbell Soup, announced the recall on Monday. The voluntary recall is a precaution due to notice they got from the supplier of whey powder, an ingredient in some of the Goldfish products.

"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," United States Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

The supplier revealed that their product could possibly have been tainted with salmonella. Pepperidge Farm was quick to act.

The four flavors of Goldfish that use the potentially tainted ingredient include Flavor Blasted Xtra Cheddar, Flavor Blasted Sour Cream & Onion, Goldfish Baked with Whole Grain Xtra Cheddar and Goldfish Mix Xtra Cheddar + Pretzel.

Original Cheddar Goldfish Crackers are reportedly not affected by the recall.

According to the company, thus far there have been no illnesses reported. The recall is just a precaution. If you happen to have the product in your pantry, you may want to take them back to the store for a refund, or contact Pepperidge Farm.

Salmonella is often the culprit in food recalls. The group of bacteria is the most common cause of food poisoning in the U.S., according to Foodsafety.gov. It can cause abdominal discomfort, cramps, diarrhea, vomiting and fever. With treatment and plenty of fluids, most sufferers of the illness will feel better within a week.

The biggest threat with salmonella is dehydration. Some cases can get more serious, however, especially for the very young, the elderly, or those with a weakened immune system.

Several other products have recently been called as a precaution to prevent salmonella poisoning. Ritz Crackers, produced by Mondelez Global LLC, also recalled their product in concern of the whey contamination.

KellogCo recalled 1.3 million cases of Honey Smacks from 30 states out of concern for potential food poisoning.

Swiss Rolls, produced by Flowers Foods, have been recalled for possible contamination. They are sold under multiple brand names, including, Mrs. Freshley's, Food Lion, H-E-B, Baker's Treat, Market Square, and Great Value. The same company also recalled Captain John Derst's Old Fashioned Bread.

Pinnacle Foods, Inc. recalled Hungry Man Chipotle BBQ Sauced Boneless Chicken Wyngz meals that were sold in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Virginia. The questionable whey product is an ingredient in their potato seasonings, and in the seasonings put on the chicken. The manufacturer says any product with a ‘best by’ date of 9/6/19 should be returned.

Eight U.S. states are currently involved in recalls of fresh pre-cut melon pieces. The tainted melon was being sold in Costco, Kroger, Walmart and through Amazon.com Inc's Whole Foods.
Source: AOL
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