You may want to think twice before you pop some of those goldfish crackers into your mouth.
Pepperidge Farm announced Monday that it is voluntarily recalling several Goldfish crackers products across the United States due to fears of possible Salmonella contamination, according to Fox 5.
"Pepperidge Farm initiated an investigation and, out of an abundance of caution, is voluntarily recalling four varieties of Goldfish crackers," the company said in a news release.
A company that supplies whey powder as an ingredient in the crackers is the reason for the recall, due to the presence of the bacterium Salmonella.
Whey powder is used in various Pepperidge Farm Goldfish crackers such as Flavor Blasted Xtra Cheddar, Flavor Blasted Sour Cream & Onion, Goldfish Baked with Whole Grain Xtra Cheddar, and Goldfish Mix Xtra Cheddar + Pretzel.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Salmonella https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/index.html causes about 1.2 million illness, 23,000 hospitalizations, and 450 deaths in the United States every year.
Most persons infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness can last 4 to 7 days. In extreme cases, persons may need to be hospitalized. The elderly, infants and those with weakened immune systems are the most susceptible to death.
Pepperidge Farm said that any consumer who has purchased these products should not consume them, instead discard them or return them for a full refund.
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