An urgent recall has been issued for a popular product that can be found in nearly every American pantry. If you’re one of the millions of people with this food in your home, throw it out as soon as possible. Don’t allow someone in your family to make the mistake of consuming it.
According to NBC News, more than a dozen Ritz cracker products have been recalled due to possible salmonella contamination, Mondelez Global LLC announced. The New Jersey-based company has recalled 16 products — including Ritz Cheese Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits Cheese — in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands because the whey powder they’re made with could contain salmonella.
Mondelez hasn’t received any reports of people falling ill after eating these products, but consumers who have purchased them should throw them out to be safe.
Mondelez Global says it’s voluntarily recalling some of its Ritz Cracker products over potential risk of salmonella.
The Hanover, New Jersey-based company says it’s recalling 16 varieties of Ritz Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits products in the U.S. The products contain whey powder, which its supplier has recalled due to the potential presence of salmonella.
Mondelez says no illnesses have been reported yet. Symptoms of salmonella include fever, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. It can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in the young, elderly or those with weakened immune systems. [Source: Daily Mail]
“Mondelēz Global LLC announced today a voluntary recall in the United States, including Puerto Rico & the U.S. Virgin Islands, of certain Ritz Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits product. These products contain whey powder as an ingredient, which the whey powder supplier has recalled due to the potential presence of Salmonella,” the company said in a statement.
“Salmonella is a microorganism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems,” Mondelez added. “Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.”
“There have been no complaints of illness reported to Mondelēz Global to date in connection with these products. The company is conducting this recall as a precaution, based on the ingredient supplier’s recall,” the statement went on. “Consumers who have these products should not eat them, and should discard any products they may have. Consumers can contact the company at 1-844-366 -1171, 24 hours a day to get more information about the recall, and Consumer Relations specialists are available Monday-Friday, 9am to 6pm EST. This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.”
While it’s always disappointing to learn of a popular product being recalled, the fact that Mondelez Global has taken the initiative to warn their customers even before any reported cases of salmonella poisoning were reported should build confidence in the integrity of the brand. After all, even with tighter regulations on food manufacturers than ever before, these sort of things will happen. The best that we can expect as consumers is that companies are honest and up-front and warn their customers when there is a potential danger, and Mondelez has done as much.
Please share this information. Those with weak immune systems are the most susceptible to salmonella poisoning, and for them, it can be fatal. Coincidentally, it is also the immune compromised, like children and the elderly, who often snack on crackers, especially when they aren’t feeling well. This could be the perfect storm for someone if they don’t know the danger of eating Ritz Crackers at the moment, so please spread the news about this recall.