Due to fears of food poisoning, Ritz is recalling 16 products.
Ritz’s parent company, Mondelez Global LLC, announced over the July 21, 2018 weekend that a voluntary recall had been issued on Ritz cracker sandwiches and Ritz Bits products.
A whey powder supplier had recalled their products due to salmonella contamination, forcing the voluntary Ritz recall.
The products recalled include a variety of Ritz Bits, cheese cracker sandwiches, and variety packs. Here is the full list of recalled items:
- Ritz Bits Cheese – 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
- 10.8 oz. Ritz Cheese Cracker Sandwiches
- 1.35 oz. Ritz Cheese Cracker Sandwiches
- 10.8 oz. Ritz Bacon Cracker Sandwiches with Cheese
- 1.35 oz. Ritz Bacon Cracker Sandwiches with Cheese
- 10.8 oz. Ritz Whole Wheat Cracker Sandwiches with White Cheddar Cheese
- 1.35 oz. Ritz Whole Wheat Cracker Sandwiches with White Cheddar Cheese
- 10.8 oz. Ritz Everything Cracker Sandwiches with Cream Cheese
- 1.35 oz. Ritz Everything Cracker Sandwiches with Cream Cheese
- Mixed Cookie Cracker Variety – 20 pack
- Mixed Cookie Cracker Variety – 40 pack
So far, there have been no illnesses reported that are associated with the consuming of Ritz products.
Symptoms of food poisoning from salmonella include fever, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea. Generally, healthy adults can overcome the illness in less than a week. However, the infection can be fatal for young children, the elderly, and anyone with a weakened immune system.
Salmonella is the cause for some of the most widespread outbreaks of food poisoning in recent history, in the United States. In 1985, over 6,000 people were ill due to tainted milk. Nine people died. In 2009, a salmonella outbreak that was linked to a peanut factory made more than 500 people sick. Eight of these people died.
In 2018, food-poisoning outbreaks have made headlines more than usual. Earlier in July, McDonald’s announced that it would be removing salads from 3,000 locations. This was after health officials listed them as the possible source of a parasitic illness outbreak that had made 163 people sick across 10 states. Also, in July, the CDC sent out an alert warning people to avoid Kellogg’s Honey Smacks. They also asked retailers to stop selling the product. The report did not say why the cereal had been recalled.
By Jeanette Smith
Insider: Ritz is recalling certain crackers and Ritz Bits over salmonella fears
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