Certain varieties of Ritz crackers are being recalled over a possible risk of Salmonella contamination. Mondelez Global, which produces Ritz,announced the company was voluntarily recalling certain products out of caution, though there have been no complaints of illness so far.
The affected products contain whey powder, and the supplier of whey powder has recalled the ingredient because it may possibly contain Salmonella. The recall affects Ritz Bits and Ritz cracker sandwiches that contain cheese, and it affects products sold across the United States.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Salmonella causes about 1.2 million illnesses every year, and food is usually the cause. Most people infected develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. Usually, people recover in a few days without treatment, but in rare cases it can be fatal, and the elderly, infants, and people with weakened immune systems are especially vulnerable.
For a full list of products affected by the recall, check Mondelez’s website. If you have one of the recalled products, Mondelez advises not to eat them, and instead throw them away. You can call them at 1-844-366-1171 for more information.
This is the latest food company to issue a recall associated with Salmonella this year. Previously, Kellogg’s issued a recall for its Honey Smacks cereal in connection to an outbreak in at least 33 U.S. states. A separate Salmonella outbreak, connected to pre-cut melon, affected at least 70 people across seven states. And fans of runny, undercooked eggs could be putting themselves at risk, too.