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.
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