Recall Alert: Ritz Crackers and Other Products Pulled from Store Shelves in 2018 Because of Salmonella Fears

If you have any Ritz Crackers in your pantry, you might want to toss them. On July 21, Mondelēz Global announced it was voluntarily recalling certain Ritz Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits because they might be contaminated with salmonella.

While no one has gotten sick from the crackers, the company is recalling them as a precaution. All the recalled snacks contain whey as an ingredient. The company that supplies the whey powder to Mondelēz has recalled it because of the possibility of salmonella.

Ritz Crackers

Ritz Crackers | Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The Ritz products affected by the recall are:

  • Ritz Bits Cheese Big Bag, 3 Oz.
  • Ritz Bits Cheese, 1 Oz.
  • Ritz Bits Cheese, 12-Pack Carton
  • Ritz Bits Cheese, 30-Pack Carton
  • Ritz Bits Cheese, 1.5 Oz.
  • Ritz Bits Cheese, 3 Oz. Go Packs
  • 8 Oz. Ritz Cheese Cracker Sandwiches
  • 35 Oz. Ritz Cheese Cracker Sandwiches
  • 8 Oz. Ritz Bacon Cracker Sandwiches With Cheese
  • 35 Oz. Ritz Bacon Cracker Sandwiches With Cheese
  • 8 Oz. Ritz Whole Wheat Cracker Sandwiches With White Cheddar Cheese
  • 35 Oz. Ritz Whole Wheat Cracker Sandwiches With Cream Cheese
  • 35 Oz. Ritz Everything Cracker Sandwiches With Cream Cheese
  • Mixed Cookie Cracker Variety 20-Pack
  • Mixed Cookie Cracker Variety 40-Pack

You can find UPC codes and images of the recalled products on the FDA website.

Salmonella linked to raw turkey

The CDC is also investigating an outbreak of multidrug-resistant salmonella linked to raw turkey from a variety of sources. So far, 90 cases have been reported in 26 states, with 40 hospitalizations.

The CDC warns that the strain of Salmonella Reading is present in live turkeys and a variety of raw turkey products, which suggests “it might be widespread in the turkey industry.” There’s no link to a common supplier, and the bacteria has been found in raw turkey pet food, live turkeys, and raw turkey products.

While the CDC says fully cooked turkey is safe to eat, people should be careful to wash their hands and follow proper food safety procedures to avoid getting sick. You should also not feed raw turkey to pets, since they – or you – could fall ill.

Other salmonella recalls in 2018

Ritz Crackers and turkey aren’t the only products recalled because of salmonella this year. Since May 25, the following products have also been pulled from store shelves because of salmonella fears, according to the FDA:

  • Four varieties of Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers: Flavor Blasted Xtra Cheddar, Flavor Blasted Sour Cream & Onion, Goldfish Baked with Whole Grain Xtra Cheddar, and Goldfish Mix Xtra Cheddar + Pretzel. You can find out more about the recall on Pepperidge Farm’s website.
  • Honey Smacks cereal (15.3 oz and 23 oz) with the following UPC codes: 3800039103 and 3800014810
  • Swiss Rolls sold nationwide under the brand names Mrs. Freshley’s, Food Lion, H-E-B, Baker’s Treat, Market Square, and Great Value and manufactured by Flowers Foods
  • Captain John Derst’s Old Fashioned Bread distributed in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina and manufactured by Flowers Foods
  • Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salad. The recall was issued after 20 people in four states fell ill after consuming the salad.
  • Certain kratom powder products manufactured by two companies, Gaia Ethnobotanical and Blissful Remedies. Earlier in the year, the FDA and CDC investigated a multi-state salmonella outbreak linked to kratom products that resulted in several other recalls. Currently, the FDA is advising people to avoid kratom-containing products because of the salmonella risk.
  • Fresh-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and mixed fruit produced at Caito Foods’ Indianapolis facility and sold in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio.

Earlier in 2018, more than 206 million eggs packaged under brand names including Food Lion, Crystal Farms, and Great Value were recalled. At least 35 people were sickened and 11 hospitalized because of the contaminated eggs.

Salmonella symptoms

Plate of eggs and bacon

Eating undercooked eggs can put you at risk of salmonella. | AlexPro9500/Getty Images

Salmonella symptoms include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain that develop within 8 to 72 hours of infection, according to the Mayo Clinic. For most people, a salmonella infection lasts for a few days and is not life-threatening. However, in babies, small children, older adults, pregnant women, and those with weakened immune systems, salmonella can lead to dangerous complications.

Properly washing your hands after using the bathroom or handling raw meat can help prevent spreading salmonella bacteria. Avoiding cross-contamination while cooking and preparing food is also important. Finally, avoid raw or undercooked eggs that have not been pasteurized.

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