FDA issues voluntary recalls of Ritz, Goldfish and other products


WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is working with Mondelēz International, Inc., Pepperidge Farm Inc. and Flowers Foods, Inc. and have initiated voluntarily recalls of certain products due to a potential risk that one of the ingredients may have been contaminated with Salmonella. Recalled foods include a variety of Mondelēz’s Ritz cheese sandwiches and Ritz Bits cheese products, certain Pepperidge Farm’s Goldfish, and Flowers Foods’ Swiss Rolls sold under various brand names. Additional information about each specific recall is available on the FDA website at fda.gov/safety/recalls/. The FDA recommends people discard or return any recalled product to the store where it was purchased.
FDA officials say there is no evidence at this time that anyone was sickened from one of these products, or that these products are contaminated. These recalls are being initiated because of a potential risk, and out of an abundance of caution. The FDA is investigating this potential risk and closely monitoring whether there are any reported cases of food related illness associated with any of these products.
“We believe these products may contain a common whey ingredient supplied by Associated Milk Producers Inc., that may have been contaminated with Salmonella. As there are likely other food products made by other manufacturers that also use this common ingredient, there may be other recalls initiated in the coming days. We are also aware that our partners at the U.S. Department of Agriculture are working with Pinnacle Foods Inc. on a public health alert regarding certain Hungry Man products that may also contain this ingredient.” says Scott Gottlieb, M.D., FDA Commissioner in a statement.
“It’s early in our investigation, and to date there have been no cases of illnesses associated with any of these recalled products. I want to reinforce that, at this time, this is a cautionary step and we appreciate that these companies are taking these measures.” continues Gottlieb.
FDA staff is actively engaged in this investigation and take this very seriously. We know that these are products that are widely eaten by consumers, including children. That’s, in part, why they are taking steps to intervene early on this potential risk, and why we will be communicating regularly with the public to provide information and updates on this issue.
For a full list of food recalls, visit www.fda.gov/safety/recalls/.

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