Mondelez Global, which produces Ritz, announced Saturday the company was voluntarily recalling certain products out of caution, though there have been no complaints of illness so far. (AMPI) may have been contaminated with salmonella.
"As there are likely other food products made by other manufacturers that also use this common ingredient, there may be other recalls initiated in the coming days", Dr. Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the FDA, said in a statement on Tuesday.
Hy-Vee recalled Spring Pasta Salad in July when approximately 20 illnesses were potentially linked back to customers who ate the salad. There's a separate site for the Ritz crackers brand; a short alert about the recall linking to a press release runs in tiny text at the top of the Ritz home page.
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AMPI, a dairy marketing cooperative based in New Ulm, Minnesota, said it was recalling "a limited amount of dry whey powder product produced in May and June".
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Powdered dairy products made by Associated Milk Producers Inc.
AMPI dry whey powder is not sold directly to consumers, but is an ingredient in a number of foods. The products were distributed throughout the United States. The bread was sold in stores in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, North Carolina and SC. No deaths have been reported.
Although treatable, the illness can be more serious if contracted by children or adults with a weakened immune system, in which case, leaving the Salmonella untreated can be fatal.