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What’s in Your Kitchen? A Week in Recalls: Ritz Crackers, Goldfish Crackers, Swiss Rolls Because of Whey Powder and Queso!

Posted in Outbreaks & Recalls,Salmonella on July 26, 2018

MakeFoodSafe.com would like to help you keep your family safe from unsafe foods.  Each week we bring together a list of the current recalls.  Some recalls are issued due to undeclared allergens, which could cause serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if someone sensitive to the product consumes it.  Other recalls are issued due to contamination with harmful material or other health risk.  Check back often and evaluate your fridge, pantry, and shopping list to make sure you can identify which foods to avoid.

This week’s recalls include:

Mondelēz Global LLC Recalls Select Ritz Products Due to Potential Health Risk

Mondelēz Global LLC issued a recall on July 21, 2018 for certain Ritz Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bitz products in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands for the potential health risk, Salmonella 

Salmonella is a microorganism that can cause fever, diarrhea (sometimes bloody), abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting in normally healthy individuals.  The very young, the very old, and those with a compromised immune system are at a higher risk for complications.  In rare cases, infection may leave the gastrointestinal tract and enter the bloodstream or other parts of the body.  This could lead to arterial infections, endocarditis, and arthritis.

The recall was initiated after the whey powder supplier used in the product issued a recall due to the potential presence of the pathogen, Salmonella.  See chart below for specific product information.

There have been no reports of illness in connection with this recall so far.  Consumers are urged to not eat the product and discard any products they may have left.  Questions may be directed to the company’s Consumer Relations specialists at 1-844-366-1171 between Monday and Friday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM EST.

Pepperidge Farm Recalls Crackers Due to Potential Health Risk

Pepperidge Farm issued a recall for four varieties of crackers on July 23, 2018 due to the potential health risk, Salmonella.

Salmonella is a microorganism that can cause fever, diarrhea (sometimes bloody), abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting in normally healthy individuals.  The very young, the very old, and those with a compromised immune system are at a higher risk for complications.  In rare cases, infection may leave the gastrointestinal tract and enter the bloodstream or other parts of the body.  This could lead to arterial infections, endocarditis, and arthritis.

The recall was initiated after the whey powder supplier used in the product issued a recall due to the potential presence of the pathogen, Salmonella.  See chart below for specific product information.

The four varieties include: Flabor Blasted Xtra Cheddar, Flavor Blasted Sour Cream & Onion, Goldfish Baked with Whole Gain Xtra Cheddar, and Goldfish Mix Xtra Cheddar + Pretzel.  See chart below for specific lot information.  No other Pepperidge Farm product is included in the recall.

There are no reports of illness so far in connection with this recall.  Consumers are urged to not eat the product and to discard it or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Flowers Food, Inc Recalls Swiss Rolls and Captain John Derst’s Old Fashioned Bread Due to Potential Health Risk

Flowers Foods, Inc issued a recall on July 23, 2018 for several brand names of Swiss Rolls due to the potential health risk, Salmonella.

Salmonella is a microorganism that can cause fever, diarrhea (sometimes bloody), abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting in normally healthy individuals.  The very young, the very old, and those with a compromised immune system are at a higher risk for complications.  In rare cases, infection may leave the gastrointestinal tract and enter the bloodstream or other parts of the body.  This could lead to arterial infections, endocarditis, and arthritis.

The recall was initiated after the whey powder supplier used in the product issued a recall due to the potential presence of the pathogen, Salmonella.  See chart below for specific product information.

The recall affects several brand names of Swiss Rolls produced under Flowers Foods including: Mrs. Freshley’s, Food Lion, H-E-B, Baker’s Treat, Market Square, and Great Value.  These products are distributed nationwide.  Captain John Derst’s Old Fashion Bread was distributed in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Consumers are urged to not consume the product.

Kraft Heinz Foods Company Recalls Taco Bell Salsa Con Queso Due to Potential Health Risk

Kraft Heinz Foods Company issued a recall on July 24, 2018 for about 7,000 cases of Taco Bell Salsa Con Queso Mild Cheese Dip due to the potential health hazard, Clostridium botulinum, the bacterium causing the illness botulism.

Botulism is a potentially fatal form of food poisoning.  Symptoms include general weakness, dizziness, double vision, and trouble with swallowing or speaking.  Weakness in other muscles or trouble breathing as well as abdominal distension and constipation are more severe symptoms.  Seek medical attention IMMEDIATELY if you are experiencing these symptoms

The recall was initiated after the affected product began to show signs of product separation.  This could create conditions favorable to growth of Clostridium botulinum.

See chart below for specific product information.  No other sizes, varieties, or code dates are included in the recall.

No consumer complaints or reports of illness have been indicated.

Associate Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI) Recalled Dry Whey Powder Due to Potential Health Risk

Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI) of New Ulm, Minnesota issued a recall on July 25, 2018 for 50-pound and 25-kg bags of dry whey powder produced at the Blair, Wisconsin plant from May 1, 2018 to May 5, 2018, May 24, 2018 to May 29, 2018, June 2, 2018 to June 5, 2018, and July 7, 2018 to July 14, 2018 due to potential contamination with the health risk, Salmonella.

Salmonella is a microorganism that can cause fever, diarrhea (sometimes bloody), abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting in normally healthy individuals.  The very young, the very old, and those with a compromised immune system are at a higher risk for complications.  In rare cases, infection may leave the gastrointestinal tract and enter the bloodstream or other parts of the body.  This could lead to arterial infections, endocarditis, and arthritis.

This product is not sold directly to consumers.  It is used as an ingredient in many other food products and sold directly to manufacturers and distributed by brokers with a limited amount sold for animal feed.  While all products shipped to the marketplace tested negative for Salmonella through AMPI’s routine testing program, additional product under AMPI’s routine test and hold procedures tested positive for Salmonella.  Out of caution, a recall was initiated, production at the Blair, Wisconsin plant as ceased, and an investigation is underway.

Affected lot numbers include:

  • 7000.118.121.BL – 7000.118.125.BL
  • 7000.118.144.BL – 7000.118.149.BL
  • 7000.118.153.BL – 7000.118.156.BL
  • 7000.118.158.BL – 7000.118.165.BL

All consumers who received the affected dry whey powder lots have been notified and many have already initiated recalls of their own.

This Week’s Affected Products

Manufacturer Label Size Date UPC/Lot
Mondelēz Global LLC Ritz Bits Cheese Big Bag 3 oz 07 MAR 19 thru 13 APR 19 0 44000 00677 8
Mondelēz Global LLC Ritz Bits Cheese 1 oz 07 MAR 19 thru 13 APR 19 0 44000 02025 5
Mondelēz Global LLC Ritz Bits Cheese 12 Pack Carton   08 MAR 19 thru 13 APR 19 0 44000 02032 3
Mondelēz Global LLC Ritz Bits Cheese 30 Pack Carton   03 MAR 19 thru 13 APR 19 0 44000 01309 7
Mondelēz Global LLC Ritz Bits Cheese 1.5 oz 07 MAR 19 thru 13 APR 19 0 44000 00929 8
Mondelēz Global LLC Ritz Bits Cheese Go Packs 1.5 oz 07 MAR 19 thru 12 APR 19 0 44000 03215 9
Mondelēz Global LLC Ritz Cheese Cracker Sandwiches 10.8 oz 14 JAN 19 thru 11 FEB 19 0 44000 88211 2
Mondelēz Global LLC Ritz Cheese Cracker Sandwiches 1.35 oz 14 JAN 19 thru 11 FEB 19 0 44000 00211 4
Mondelēz Global LLC Ritz Bacon Cracker Sandwiches 10.8 oz 05 FEB 19 thru 06 FEB 19 0 44000 04566 1
Mondelēz Global LLC Ritz Bacon Cracker Sandwiches 1.35 oz 05 FEB 19 thru 06 FEB 19 0 44000 04567 8
Mondelēz Global LLC Ritz Whole Wheat Cracker Sandwiches with White Cheddar Cheese 10.8 04 FEB 19 thru 05 FEB 19 0 44000 04577 7
Mondelēz Global LLC Ritz Whole Wheat Cracker Sandwiches with Cream Cheese 1.35 oz 06 FEB 19 thru 08 FEB 19 0 44000 04580 7
Mondelēz Global LLC Ritz Everything Cracker Sandwiches with Cream Cheese 1.35 oz 06 FEB 19 thru 08 FEB 19 0 44000 04580 7
Mondelēz Global LLC Mixed Cookie Cracker Variety 20 Pack   01 FEB 19 thru 04 FEB 19 0 44000 04100 7
Mondelēz Global LLC Mixed Cookie Cracker Variety 40 Pack   31 JAN 19 thru 05 FEB 19 0 44000 04221 0
Pepperidge Farm Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Flavor Blasted Xtra Cheddar Crackers 6.6 oz 11/25/18, 12/2/18, 12/9/18, 12/16/18, 12/30/18, 1/20/19 1410008548
Pepperidge Farm Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Flavor Blasted Xtra Cheddar Crackers 30 oz 12/30/18, 3/10/19, 3/17/18, 4/7/19, 4/14/19, 4/21/19 1410009658
Pepperidge Farm Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Flavor Blassted Xtra Cheddar Crackers 8.1 oz Multi-pack, 9- count 0.9oz snack packs 12/9/18, 12/23/18 1410009654
Pepperidge Farm Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Flavor Blasted Xtra Cheddar Crackers 11 oz 11/25/18, 12/2/18, 12/9/18, 12/23/18 1410004424
Pepperidge Farm Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Flavor Blasted Xtra Cheddar Crackers 8 oz 1/6/19 1410004963
Pepperidge Farm Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Baked with Whole Grain Xtra Cheddar Crackers 6 oz 1/25/18 141004654
Pepperidge Farm Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Flavor Blasted Slammin’ Sour Cream & Onion Cracker 6.6 oz 12/30/18 1410009480
Pepperidge Farm Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Flavor Blasted Xtra Cheddar Crackers 10.8 oz multi pack, 12-count, 0.9 oz Single-serve snack packs 12/16/18, 12/30/18, 1/30/19 1410008609
Pepperidge Farm Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Mix Xtra Cheddar + Pretzel Crackers 6.6 oz 11/5/18, 12/16/18 1410004917
Pepperidge Farm Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Variety Pack Box 20-count snack packs   12/23/18, 12/30/18, 1/13/19 1410004720
Pepperidge Farm Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Mix Flavor Blasted Xtra Cheddar + Pretzel Crackers 34 oz 3/31/19, 4/17/19 1410004684
Pepperidge Farm Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Variety Pack Crackers 44.9 oz 1/6/19, 1/13/19, 1/20/19, 1/27/19, 2/3/19, 2/10/19 1410004728
Pepperidge Farm Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Bold Mix Crackers Variety Box 29.4 oz 12/9/18, 12/23/18, 1/6/19 1410004713
Pepperidge Farm Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Flavor Blasted Xtra Cheddar Crackers 2.45 oz 12/30/18, 1/6/19, 1/20/19 1410004555
Pepperidge Farm Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Sweet & Savory Crackers Variety Pack Box 46 oz 1/13/19, 2/10/19, 2/3/19 1410004731
Pepperidge Farm Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Mix Xtra cheddar + Pretzel Crackers 11.5 oz 12/16/18 1410004921
Pepperidge Farm Pepperidge Farm Goldfish 40CT GF ECOMM Variety Pack   12/23/18 1410004638
Pepperidge Farm Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Mix Xtra Cheddar + Pretzel Crackers 1.5 oz 12/30/18, 1/6/19 1410018663
Flowers Food Inc Mrs. Freshley’s Swiss Rolls 4ct/ 7.2oz 10/09/18 through 10/19/18 309 8187 A 75 D
309 8187 B 75 D
309 8190 C 75 D
309 8194 B 75 D
309 8194 C 75 D
072250011907
Flowers Food Inc Mrs. Freshley’s Swiss Rolls 6ct/ 12 oz 10/14/18
309 8194 B 75 D
072250903233
Flowers Food Inc Food Lion Swiss Rolls 6 ct/ 13 oz 10/16/18 035826092779
Flowers Food Inc H-E-B Swiss Rolls 6 ct/ 12 oz 9/19/18 041220296583
Flowers Food Inc Baker’s Treat Swiss Rolls 6 ct/ 13 oz 9/21/8 though 9/28/18 041498188382
Flowers Food Inc Market Square Swiss Rolls 6 ct/ 12 oz 309 8194 B 087381760556
Flowers Food Inc Great Value Swiss Rolls 6 ct/ 13 oz Sep 17 2018 Through Sep 25 2018
309 8191 B
078742147550
Flowers Food Inc Captain John Derst’s Old Fashioned Bread   7/16/18 through 7/28/18 071316001180
Kraft Heinz Foods Company Taco Bell Salsa Con Queso Mild Cheese Dip 15 oz Case: 27 DEC 2018, 23 JAN 2019/ Package: 27 DEC 2018, 23 JAN 2019 Individual: 021000024490/ Case:21000024490
Kraft Heinz Foods Company Taco Bell Salsa Con Queso Mild Cheese Dip 15 oz Case: 01 NOV 2018, 26 DEC 2018, 27 DEC 2018, 31 OCT 2018, 23 JAN 2019/ Package: 27 DEC 2018, 23 JAN 2019 Individual: 021000024490/ Case: 2100006690

 

 

By: Heather Van Tassell, Contributing Writer (Non-Lawyer)