Recall Alert: Ritz Cracker Products Linked to Salmonella
You may want to pitch any Ritz crackers you have at home. The manufacturer, Mondelez International, has issued a voluntary recall of oven a dozen Ritz and Ritz Bits products that have been linked to salmonella, CBS News reports.
The whey powder in the cheese crackers may contain salmonella, a microorganism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections, especially in children and the elderly, the company said in a statement. Depending on the exact variety and package size, the "best when used by" date of the affected products ranges from January 31, 2019 to April 12, 2019.
No illnesses have yet been reported. The decision to pull Ritz products from store shelves was prompted by an ingredient supplier's recall. A statement from the manufacturer contains a full list of the affected products with photos and product codes [PDF]. Consumers who have these products at home should discard them immediately.
A slew of other foods have been linked to salmonella outbreaks recently, including raw turkey products, cut melon, Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal, and Swiss cake rolls, CNN reports. For the latest updates on food recalls, check out the FDA's website.