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Salmonella fear prompts recall of potentially dangerous Goldfish Crackers

3.3 million units of four varieties of Goldfish Crackers have been recalled over fears that the products might be contaminated with salmonella. Peperidge Farm, the manufacturing company, indicated the potential contamination was caused by whey powder used in the fabrication of the crackers. The varieties of Goldfish Crackers being recalled are:

  • Flavor Blasted Xtra Cheddar
  • Flavor Blasted Sour Cream & Onion
  • Goldfish Baked with Whole Grain Xtra Cheddar
  • Goldfish Mix Xtra Cheddar + Pretzel

Consumers who bought these products should not eat them but bring them back to the purchase location and ask for a refund.

The recall is coming days after Mondelez Global announced a voluntary recall of certain Ritz Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits product for fear that the whey powder used in the crackers fabrication might be contaminated with Salmonella as well.

Flower food also recalled Swiss Rolls sold under various name brand for the same reason and Pinnacle Foods recalled its  Hungry Man Chipotle BBQ Sauced Boneless Chicken Wyngz  because the whey powder used in the ranch dressing may be contaminated with salmonella as well.

Previously in June Kellogg’s Honey Smack cereals were also affected by a salmonella outbreak. Despite a recall of the products on June 14th, 100 people still got ill from the cereal and 30 of then required hospitalization.

Salmonellosis can result in serious health issue and sometimes death

Salmonellosis is a very serious condition that can lead to death especially for young or elderly people as well as people with weakened immune defenses. It is also one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. Symptoms include abdominal cramps, diarrhea and fever. They will usually occur 12 to 72 hours after the contaminated food was eaten. It can last up to one week. Healthy people usually recover without treatment. However in some people the symptoms are so bad that they might require medical help or hospitalization.