Due to a possible salmonella contamination, the FDA and nine food companies issued a series of product recalls this week. The powdered milk product recalls hit almost 40 states. The original recall covered Sweet Cream Buttermilk Powder and High Heat Nonfat Dry Milk Powder, both sold by Valley Milk Products, and was issued after the discovery of salmonella at Valley Milk’s production facility. The recalled product was sold in 50-pound bags.
According to a company representative, “These products are not sold directly to consumers, but are used ingredients in a number of foods such as bakery products and distributed by brokers.” The company stated that none of the tested milk powder samples contained salmonella.
After the original recall was issued, eight food companies (Valley Milk makes nine) issued their own voluntary product recalls, as the products were made with the recalled milk powders. These recalled products can be found in almost 40 states.
One company, Deep River Snacks, issued a statement about its recalled sour cream and onion kettle chips. The founder of Deep River, Jim Goldberg said, “The health and safety of our consumers is always our top priority. Although we haven’t found any contaminants in either our seasonings or our finished products, we are taking great precautions to protect our customers.”
Recalled products are:
- Valley Milk Products: Nonfat high heat milk powder and sweet cream buttermilk powder
- Shearer’s Foods: Kettle chips, potato chips, and nacho chips
- Deep River Snacks: Kettle chips
- Boulder Brands: Macaroni and cheese (Note: this recall was due to possible dairy contamination, as this is a vegan product.)
- TreeHouse Foods: Macaroni and cheese
- New Hope Mills: Crepe mix
- Fourth Street Barbecue: Macaroni and cheese
- Brand Castle: Monkey bread mix
- Publix Supermarkets pancake and waffle mixes
The links take you to the FDA recall page for the product in question.
To date, there haven’t been any reports of illness caused by the recalled products. However, if you have any of these products, do not eat them. The recall links above provide product-specific instructions on how to obtain a refund or replacement product.
Salmonella is a bacterium that can cause fever, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Most people recover from exposure on their own. However, those with immune system issues, such as chemotherapy patients and those with HIV, are at greater risk and may even need hospitalization for treatment. Infants and the elderly may also be at greater risk.
Check your cupboards and, again, do not eat any of the affected products.