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In the past two days major voluntary recalls have been posted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because of an ingredient used in the production of many cheese flavored foods.

According to the FDA’s posted recall for Ritz Crackers, “These products contain whey powder as an ingredient, which the whey powder supplier has recalled due to the potential presence of Salmonella.”

As reported by Food Safety News, the whey came from the company Associated Milk Producers Inc. headquartered in Minnesota, although they use milk produced in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota.

When looking at how numerous the recalls could get, just look at the company’s own description of what whey is used in, on its website:


Whey is a valued ingredient for dairy, bakery, snack, confectionery, other food products and animal feed. Whey is also considered a means to enhance color development during high-temperature cooking and baking.

Although no cases of Salmonella poisoning have been confirmed with lab testing yet, several people have come forward with symptoms including a Northeast Ohio mom who says her son got sick after eating some Ritz Crackers.

Story: West Park mom reports son became sick after eating recalled Ritz crackers

Whey is a very common ingredient used in many products, but neither the FDA nor Associated Milk Producers has put out a full list of companies using this particular batch of whey that could be contaminated.

So far the FDA has listed three voluntary recalls of products that all used the whey that could be contaminated.

  • Ritz Crackers (15 variations of the cracker based on flavor and package size)
  • Goldfish Crackers by Pepperidge Farm (18 variations of the cracker based on flavor and package size)
  • Swiss Rolls by Mrs. Freshley’s, Food Lion, H-E-B, Baker’s Treat, Market Square, and Great Value (8 variations)

The FDA lists all recalls, most of which are made voluntarily by the company who made the possibly tainted product, here.



Article Courtesy of WOIO Cleveland 19 News

First Picture Courtesy of vgajic and Getty Images

Second Picture Courtesy of Tom Grill and Getty Images

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