Published: Fri, July 27, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Ritz Bitz crackers, sandwiches recalled for possible salmonella contamination

Ritz Bitz crackers, sandwiches recalled for possible salmonella contamination

Mondelez Global LLC, the company behind Ritz crackers, says the recall affects certain Ritz Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits products.

"Pepperidge Farm initiated an investigation and, out of an abundance of caution, is voluntarily recalling four varieties of Goldfish crackers", the statement said. The disease is foodborne, meaning one must ingest it to contract it, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

This is the latest food company to issue a recall associated with Salmonella this year.

More than 200 million eggs from Rose Acre Farms of Seymour, Ind., were recalled in April due to possible contamination with salmonella.

There is now a multistate outbreak of salmonella infections linked to people touching backyard poultry, the CDC said on Monday.

This recall is limited exclusively to these products available at retail stores nationwide.

Salmonella often makes its way into products like whey through handling.

The Ritz Bitz and Goldfish recalls applied to all of Canada, while the Uncle Ben's products were recalled only in eastern Canada.

AMPI dry whey powder is not sold directly to consumers, but is an ingredient in a number of foods.

The cooperative has reached out to its manufacturing customers and brokers who distribute the whey product now involved in four manufacturer recalls. And just as with the other products recalled, whey powder is used in the ranch dressing that is used as a seasoning in the mashed potatoes and in the boneless chicken with the meals.

North Carolina topped the list of salmonella outbreaks with 27 reported cases, followed by Wisconsin with 18.

At this time, no deaths linked to these cases have been reported. Children under the age of five are at the highest risk of infection, with older adults and those with weakened immune systems also vulnerable to severe infections.

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