Salmonella concerns prompt recall of Goldfish, Ritz crackers

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - Due to possible salmonella contamination in whey powder, several companies are recalling their crackers.

Pepperidge Farms has recalled four varieties of its popular Goldfish crackers because of concern that the snack may be contaminated with salmonella bacteria.

The recall includes:
• Goldfish Flavor Blasted Xtra Cheddar Crackers
• Goldfish Baked with Whole Grain Xtra Cheddar Crackers
• Goldfish Flavor Blasted Slammin’ Sour Cream and Onion Crackers
• Goldfish Mix Xtra Cheddar + Pretzel Crackers

Click on this link to see specific details on what packages and sell by dates are recalled.

The company recall was prompted when one of the ingredient suppliers notified it that whey powder used in seasoning may be contaminated.

Pepperidge Farm says the products can be returned to where you bought them for a refund; and consumers can also call the company’s customer service at 800-679-1791.

Ritz crackers, made by Mondelez International, are also being recalled due to concern about salmonella in whey powder. Click on this link for details.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture states that more companies might be involved in this recall as information becomes available.

Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated product. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days.

Most people recover without treatment. In some persons, however, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Older adults, infants, and persons with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop a severe illness.

Individuals concerned about an illness should contact their health care provider.