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Ritz is one of many brands affected by a third-party whey supplier who announced the possible contamination last week.

The parent company behind Ritz crackers, Mondelez International, has launched a voluntary recall of sixteen plus Ritz-branded snacks that may be contaminated with salmonella. So far, no one has yet reported getting sick. According to a release from Mondelez, the concern for contamination is sparked from the fact that a third-party whey provider reported that their product could be tainted with the potentially life-threatening bacteria—and Mondelez is not the only manufacturer affected by the tainted whey, either.

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Mondelez has released a full list of the 16 products that are part of their recall, which are mostly Ritz Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits containing dairy—the flavors of Ritz Cracker Sandwiches affected include Cheese, White Cheddar, and Cream Cheese, which are sold in a variety of snack packs and packages, with expiration dates that range from January to April of 2019. These products were sold nationwide across all 50 states, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Salmonella is a particularly damaging bacteria that can lead to symptoms associated with food poisoning, including high fevers, intense nausea, chronic abdominal pain, and severe bouts of diarrhea—salmonella causes more than 450 deaths in the U.S. every year. But the risk of serious complications related to the illness is tenfold for children and those with weakened immune systems, which is why the company is asking parents to check any Ritz snack in their kitchens to ensure safety.

More on handling foodborne illnesses in your kitchen:

But it quickly became clear that the potentially harmful whey sold by Associated Milk Producers Inc. ended up in many different popular products sold all over the supermarket, including the Hungry Man line of frozen dinners sold by Pinnacle Foods. The whey in question was used in ranch dressing that ended up in the mashed potatoes packaged under the Hungry Man “Chipotle BBQ Sauced Boneless Chicken Wyngz" meal, the USDA says.

It's possible that more manufacturers and producers have made products with the same whey behind three major recalls in the last week—while time will tell if more popular snacks and foods have been affected, understanding which items in your pantry contain whey could help you stay clear of any risky food fort the time being.

Salmonella-fueled recalls and outbreaks have been a major concern for home cooks this summer, following a massive outbreak sparked by pre-cut fruit in hundreds of grocery stores across eight states last month. That is in addition to Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal, recalled for a possible salmonella contamination just a week later. 2018, in particular, has been an alarming year for consumers due to the sheer amount of recalls rocking the nation, including one of the worst E. coli outbreaks that Americans have seen in over a decade.


Ritz Cracker Products Recalled for Possible Salmonella in Whey Powder Ingredient

Over the weekend, Mondelez Global LLC announced a voluntary recall of some Ritz Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits products. The recall spans the U.S., including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The cracker products contain a whey powder ingredient that could be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. The whey powder was an ingredient from an outside supplier.

Mondelez’s recall is not considered an outbreak since no complaints of illness had been reported to the company at the time the recall was issued. The recall is simply a precaution based upon the ingredient supplier’s own recall.

See Mondelez’s official list of the affected products on their website. The company is instructing consumers who have these products to not eat them, but rather to discard them. Consumers can contact the company directly at 1-844-366 -1171, 24 hours a day to get more information about the recall, and Consumer Relations specialists are available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST.

No other Mondel?z Global LLC product is included in this recall.

Mondelez regards itself as one of the world’s largest snack companies, with 2017 net revenues of approximately $26 billion.

This event is just another in a growing list of food recalls and outbreaks that have suddenly plagued 2018: Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal, McDonald's salads, romaine lettuce, pre-cut melons, and Del Monte vegetable trays.


Ritz products recalled due to possible Salmonella

Mondelēz Global LLC has announced a nationwide recall of Ritz Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits products due to the potential presence of Salmonella.

The products contain whey powder, which the ingredient supplier has recalled due to possible Salmonella contamination. There have been no complaints of illnesses to date.

The following products are subject to recall:

Product description UPC Best by date
RITZ BITS CHEESE BIG BAG 3 OZ 0 44000 00677 8 03/07/19 through 04/13/19
RITZ BITS CHEESE 1 OZ 0 44000 02025 5 03/07/19 through 04/13/19
RITZ BITS CHEESE 12 PACK CARTON 0 44000 02032 3 03/08/19 through 04/13/19
RITZ BITS CHEESE 30 PACK CARTON 0 44000 01309 7 03/03/19 through 04/13/19
RITZ BITS CHEESE 1.5 OZ 0 44000 00929 8 03/03/19 through 04/13/19
RITZ BITZ CHEESE 3 OZ GO PACKS 0 44000 03215 9 03/07/19 through 04/12/19
10.8OZ RITZ CHEESE CRACKER SANDWICHES 0 44000 88211 2 01/14/19 through 02/11/19
1.35 OZ RITZ CHEESE CRACKER SANDWICHES 0 44000 00211 4 01/14/19 through 02/11/19
10.8 OZ RITZ BACON CRACKER SANDWICHES WITH CHEESE 0 44000 04566 1 02/05/19 and 02/06/19
1.35 OZ RITZ BACON CRACKER SANDWICHES WITH CHEESE 0 44000 04567 8 02/05/19 and 02/06/19
10.8 OZ RITZ WHOLE WHEAT CRACKER SANDWICHES WITH WHITE CHEDDAR CHEESE 0 44000 04577 7 02/04/19 and 02/05/19
1.35 OZ RITZ WHOLE WHEAT CRACKER SANDWICHES WITH WHITE CHEDDAR CHEESE 0 44000 04578 4 02/04/19 and 02/05/19
10.8 OZ RITZ EVERYTHING CRACKER SANDWICHES WITH CREAM CHEESE 0 44000 04579 1 02/06/19, 02/07/19 and 02/08/19
1.35 OZ RITZ EVERYTHING CRACKER SANDWICHES WITH CREAM CHEESE 0 44000 04580 7 02/06/19, 02/07/19 and 02/08/19
MIXED COOKIE CRACKER VARIETY 20 PACK 0 44000 04100 7 02/01/19 through 02/04/19
MIXED COOKIE CRACKER VARIETY 40 PACK 0 44000 04221 0 01/31/19 through 02/05/19

Consumers should throw away any of the products they may have. Consumers with question can contact the company at 1-844-366-1171.


Ritz crackers recalled due to possible salmonella contamination

Potentially contaminated whey powder is leading to a massive recall of popular cracker products in the United States.

Last week, Georgia-based Flower Foods

due to whey powder from a third party supplier that could have salmonella.

Now, 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., including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

A third party supplier they use for whey powder, a critical ingredient in the crackers, discovered the potential presence of Salmonella, and alerted brands like Ritz.

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.

The recall affects the following products:

• Ritz Bits Cheese Big Bag 3 oz – 0 44000 00677 8 – March 7, 2019 thru April 13, 2019

• Ritz Bitzs Cheese 1 oz –0 44000 02025 5 – March 7, 2019 thru April 13, 2019

• Ritz Bitzs Cheese 12 Pack Carton – 0 44000 02032 3 – March 8, 2019 thru April 13, 2019

• Ritz Bitzs Cheese 30 Pack Carton – 0 44000 01309 7 – March 3, 2019 thru April 13, 2019

• Ritz Bitzs Cheese 1.5 oz – 0 44000 00929 8 – March 3, 2019 thru April 13, 2019

• Ritz Bitzs Cheese 3 oz Go Packs – 0 44000 03215 9 – March 7, 2019 thru April 12, 2019

• 8 oz Ritz Cheese Cracker Sandwiches – 0 44000 88211 2 – Jan. 14, 2019 thru Feb. 11, 2019

• 35 oz Ritz Cracker Sandwiches – 0 44000 00211 4 – Jan. 14, 2019 thru Feb. 11, 2019

• 8 oz Ritz Bacon Cracker Sandwiches – 0 44000 04566 1 – Feb. 5, 2019 and Feb. 6, 2019

• 35 oz Ritz Bacon Cracker Sandwiches with cheese – 0 44000 04567 8 – Feb. 5, 2019 and Feb. 6, 2019

• 8 oz Ritz Whole Wheat Cracker Sandwiches with White Cheddar Cheese – 0 44000 04577 7 – Feb.4, 2019 and Feb. 5, 2019

• 35 oz Ritz Whole Wheat Cracker Sandwiches with White Cheddar Cheese – 0 44000 04578 4 – Feb. 4, 2019 and Feb. 5, 2019

• 8 oz Ritz Everything Cracker Sandwiches with Cream Cheese – 0 44000 04579 1 – Feb. 6, 2019, Feb.7, 2019, and Feb. 8, 2019

• 35 oz Ritz Everything Cracker with Cream Cheese – 0 44000 04580 7 – Feb. 6, 2019, Feb.7, 2019, and Feb. 8, 2019

• Mixed Cookie Cracker Variety 20 Pack – 0 44000 04100 7 – Feb. 1, 2019 thru Feb. 4, 2019

• Mixed Cookie Cracker Variety 40 Pack – 0 44000 04221 0 – Jan. 31, 2019 thru Feb. 5, 2019

If you have any of these, do not eat them! Immediately throw them away or return them to the store where you bought them.

You can call the company for more information at 1-844-366-1171, 24 hours a day.


Ritz crackers recalled due to possible Salmonella contamination

The makers of Ritz crackers announced a voluntary recall in the United States, including Puerto Rico & the U.S. Virgin Islands, of certain Ritz Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits products.

These products contain whey powder as an ingredient, which the whey powder supplier has recalled due to the potential presence of Salmonella.

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. 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. This recall is limited exclusively to the products listed in the grid below, available at retail stores nationwide. No other Mondelēz Global LLC product is included in this recall.

There have been no complaints of illness reported to Mondelēz Global, the makers of Ritz crackers, to date in connection with these products. The company is conducting this recall as a precaution, based on the ingredient supplier’s recall.


FDA: whey powder behind recent Salmonella-linked recalls

(HealthDay)—Ritz and Goldfish crackers, Swiss Rolls—they've all been tied to possible Salmonella contamination through a common ingredient, dry whey powder, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

"There are no confirmed illnesses related to these products," FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., stressed in an agency news release. "But we know these products are consumed daily across our country, often by children, which is why we're alerting consumers now."

Minnesota-based Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI) recalled the dry whey powder due to potential Salmonella contamination, the FDA said. In addition, Mondelez International Inc., Pepperidge Farm Inc., and Flowers Foods Inc. have already recalled Ritz cheese sandwiches and Ritz Bits cheese products, Goldfish crackers, and various brands of Swiss Rolls, respectively, because they contained the suspect whey powder.

There may be additional recalls of other food products in coming days as the investigation uncovers other companies that may have used AMPI's whey powder, Gottlieb warned. Gottlieb noted that there has been no surge in food recalls, despite the recent activity.


Ritz cracker products recalled due to possible salmonella contamination

EAST HANOVER, N.J. (WCBD)- Snack company Mondelez International LLC is voluntarily recalling Ritz Cracker sandwiches and Ritz Bitz due to salmonella fears.

This includes products distributed across the United States, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands. The recall includes Ritz cheese products and a complete list those of impacted can be found here.

According to a news release from Mondelez International LLC, these products contain whey powder as an ingredient, which the whey powder supplier has recalled due to the possible presence of salmonella.

In the release, Mondelez says, “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. 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.”

The company says they have received no complaints of illnesses and this recall is a precaution based on the recall by the whey powder’s supplier. Anyone who has these products should not eat them and throw them away. Questions can be directed to Mondelez International at 1-844-366 -1171.

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Whey Powder Blamed for Salmonella Tied to Ritz Crackers, Goldfish: FDA

THURSDAY, July 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Ritz and Goldfish crackers, Swiss Rolls -- they've all been tied to possible salmonella contamination through a common ingredient, dry whey powder, U.S. officials say.

"There are no confirmed illnesses related to these products," commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb stressed in a U.S. Food and Drug Administration news release on Thursday. "But we know these products are consumed daily across our country, often by children, which is why we're alerting consumers now."

Gottlieb said, "Our team is onsite investigating the facility that processes the dry whey used in the recalled products and we're working to identify what other companies may have used this ingredient to determine what, if any, food may be contaminated with salmonella."

Minnesota-based Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI) recalled the dry whey powder due to potential salmonella contamination, the FDA said.

Mondelez International Inc., Pepperidge Farm Inc. and Flowers Foods Inc. have already recalled Ritz cheese sandwiches and Ritz Bits cheese products, Goldfish crackers, and various brands of Swiss Rolls, respectively, because they contained the suspect whey powder.

There may be additional recalls of other food products in coming days as the investigation uncovers other companies that may have used AMPI's whey powder, Gottlieb warned.

Salmonella typically causes illness 12 to 72 hours after exposure. Illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment, according to the FDA.

Gottlieb stressed that there's been no surge in food recalls, despite the recent activity.

"Lately there have been many questions about whether we're experiencing an uptick in food-related recalls. I can understand why it might appear that way, as we've increased our communications around food recalls and potential risks to food products," he said.

"But we are not seeing an increase in the number or scope of recalls," Gottlieb explained. "Our tools for detecting them are much better, and our policies for how and when we alert the public lean in the direction of more and earlier communication," he added.


Copyright © 2018 HealthDay. All rights reserved.


Ritz crackers recalled due to possible Salmonella contamination

The makers of Ritz crackers announced a voluntary recall in the United States, including Puerto Rico & the U.S. Virgin Islands, of certain Ritz Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits products.

These products contain whey powder as an ingredient, which the whey powder supplier has recalled due to the potential presence of Salmonella.

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. 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. This recall is limited exclusively to the products listed in the grid below, available at retail stores nationwide. No other Mondelēz Global LLC product is included in this recall.

There have been no complaints of illness reported to Mondelēz Global, the makers of Ritz crackers, to date in connection with these products. The company is conducting this recall as a precaution, based on the ingredient supplier’s recall.


Whey Powder Blamed for Salmonella Tied to Ritz Crackers, Goldfish: FDA

THURSDAY, July 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Ritz and Goldfish crackers, Swiss Rolls -- they've all been tied to possible salmonella contamination through a common ingredient, dry whey powder, U.S. officials say.

"There are no confirmed illnesses related to these products," commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb stressed in a U.S. Food and Drug Administration news release on Thursday. "But we know these products are consumed daily across our country, often by children, which is why we're alerting consumers now."

Gottlieb said, "Our team is onsite investigating the facility that processes the dry whey used in the recalled products and we're working to identify what other companies may have used this ingredient to determine what, if any, food may be contaminated with salmonella."

Minnesota-based Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI) recalled the dry whey powder due to potential salmonella contamination, the FDA said.

Mondelez International Inc., Pepperidge Farm Inc. and Flowers Foods Inc. have already recalled Ritz cheese sandwiches and Ritz Bits cheese products, Goldfish crackers, and various brands of Swiss Rolls, respectively, because they contained the suspect whey powder.

There may be additional recalls of other food products in coming days as the investigation uncovers other companies that may have used AMPI's whey powder, Gottlieb warned.

Salmonella typically causes illness 12 to 72 hours after exposure. Illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment, according to the FDA.

Gottlieb stressed that there's been no surge in food recalls, despite the recent activity.

"Lately there have been many questions about whether we're experiencing an uptick in food-related recalls. I can understand why it might appear that way, as we've increased our communications around food recalls and potential risks to food products," he said.

"But we are not seeing an increase in the number or scope of recalls," Gottlieb explained. "Our tools for detecting them are much better, and our policies for how and when we alert the public lean in the direction of more and earlier communication," he added.


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