Salmonella fears have prompted the mass recall of Goldfish Crackers. Pepperidge Farms announced the recall of about 3 million units of the product on Monday.
Details of the Goldfish Cracker Recall
In a release to the press, Pepperidge Farms revealed the four varieties of Goldfish Crackers affected, along with the sell by dates of the units to be recalled.
The affected varieties:
- Flavor Blasted Xtra Cheddar
- Flavor Blasted Sour Cream & Onion
- Goldfish Baked with Whole Grain Xtra Cheddar
- Goldfish Mix Xtra Cheddar + Pretzel
Pepperidge farm is the most recent company to recall snacks due to Salmonella fears. Ritz products had been recalled over the weekend due to fears about the whey powder ingredient. Last month Kellogg’s recalled 1.1 million packets of Honey Smacks cereals. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is also currently investigating an outbreak of salmonella linked to sliced melon. As of 19 June, 70 people across seven states had been infected.
Salmonella bacteria can cause fever, stomach cramps and diarrhea and can be fatal for people with weakened immune systems. Usually however, the infection last less than a week and does not require treatment.
Salmonella Facts and Statistics
- An estimated 1.2 million Salmonella cases occur annually in the United States.
- Approximately 450 people die each year due to Salmonella.
- Salmonella lives in the intestinal tracts of animals, including birds, and people.
- People become infected by eating foods contaminated with animal feces.
- Foods contaminated with Salmonella are often of animal origin, such as beef, poultry, milk or eggs, but any food may become contaminated.
- It rarely affects the taste, smell or appearance of food.
- Salmonella includes over 2,300 serotypes (species) of bacteria. Salmonella serotypes typhimurium and enteritidis are the most common in the United States and account for half of all human infections.
- S. typhimurium is most commonly found in food of an animal origin.
- S. enteritidis is mainly associated with poultry and eggs.
- Most recently, a specific type of Salmonella Typhimurium, DT104, has emerged that is resistant to many antibiotics. Salmonella Typhimurium DT104 can be found in a broad range of foods.
Preventing Salmonella Contamination and Illness
- Avoid cross-contamination of food. Keep uncooked meats separate from other food.
- People infected with Salmonella should not prepare food for others.
- Proper storage and handling of food helps prevent the growth of Salmonella and thorough cooking destroys the bacteria. Raw or undercooked meat or eggs and raw or unpasteurized dairy products should not be consumed. Produce should be washed thoroughly.
- Wash hands with soap after changing diapers or using the restroom.
- Wash hands after handling pets. Reptiles are especially likely to carry Salmonella, since it can contaminate their skin. Salmonella is also often found in the intestines of chicks and young birds
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