A popular snack food has been recalled due to fears that the products may contain traces of salmonella.
Mondelez Global LLC, the company issued the voluntary recall, which includes certain Ritz Cracker sandwiches and Ritz Bits products sold in the United States, according to ABC Action News. The recall was issued Saturday.
The danger lies in the whey powder ingredient in the food, which is provided by another supplier. That supplier issued a recall of its ingredient due to the potential traces of the bacteria.
More than a dozen food products are included in the recall, according to Newsweek. A full list of the recalled batches of the suspected products, along with their UPC numbers and expiration dates, were provided in a statement by the company.
Salmonella is a microorganism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections, such as infected aneurysms, endocarditis and arthritis.
The CDC estimates that Salmonella causes about 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations, and 450 deaths in the United States every year. Most of those illnesses come from food – about 1 million each year.
So far, no illnesses have been reported from the products, the company said.
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