There have been a number of known serious salmonella outbreaks nationwide in recent weeks, and now another food item is being added to the list. Pepperidge Farm Goldfish crackers are being recalled, as there is a chance the whey powder from an ingredient supplier used in their seasonings has been infected with salmonella.
The brand is recalling four flavors of the snack that smiles back, including: Flavor Blasted Xtra Cheddar, Flavor Blasted Sour Cream & Onion, Goldfish Baked with Whole Grain Xtra Cheddar and Goldfish Mix Xtra Cheddar + Pretzel. Pepperidge Farm Goldfish, which are sold at most major supermarkets and food retailers in the U.S., has stated via press release that, “No illnesses have been reported. No other Pepperidge Farm products in the U.S. are subject to this recall.”
Mondelez International has also had to issue a voluntary recall for 16 varieties of Ritz brand cracker products due to potential salmonella risk found in the whey powder from an unnamed producer, as did Flowers Foods Inc. who were forced to recall Swiss rolls distributed under Baker’s Treat, Mrs. Freshley’s, Market Square, and Great Value brands.
The Daily Meal has reached out to the Food and Drug Administration regarding any possible connection between the brands, none of whom named the source of the whey in question. The FDA told us that they would be issuing a public statement soon.
Other items that have been recalled recently due to reported cases or risks of salmonella or other diseases include Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal, raw turkey, crab meat imported from Venezuela, and McDonald’s salad.
The best way to avoid contamination is to throw out any products that are subject to a recall. Salmonella poisoning can cause diarrhea, fever, chills, and abdominal pain. Most people recover in four to seven days without medical treatment, but young children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems may experience more severe reactions that could result in death. Salmonella is just one of the seven ways that a restaurant can make you sick.