Product recall

Mondelēz recalls Ritz Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits over salmonella fears

By Douglas Yu contact

- Last updated on GMT

Pic: Mike Mozart
Pic: Mike Mozart
Mondelēz has recalled certain Ritz Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits products in the US due to the potential presence of salmonella in the whey powder.

The announcement came shortly after Flower Foods​ recalled several brands of Swiss rolls and bread for the same reason. The bacteria found in Kellogg’s Honey Smacks​ cereal also caused 100 people across 33 US states to fall ill earlier this year.

Mondelēz noted this recall is limited exclusively to the following products, which are available at retail stores nationwide:

Description

Retail UPC

Best Used By Dates

Ritz Bits Cheese Big Bag 3oz

044000006778

March 7 to April 13, 2019

Ritz Bits Cheese 3oz

044000020255

March 7 to April 13, 2019

Ritz Bits Cheese 12 pack carton

044000020322

March 8 to April 13, 2019

Ritz Bits Cheese 30 pack carton

044000013097

March 3 to April 13, 2019

Ritz Bits Cheese 1.5oz

044000009298

March 3 to April 13, 2019

Ritz Bits Cheese 3oz go packs

044000032159

March 7 to April 12, 2019

10.8oz Ritz Cheese Cracker Sandwiches

044000882112

January 14 to February 11, 2019

1.35oz Ritz Cheese Cracker Sandwiches

044000002114

January 14 to February 11, 2019

10.8oz Ritz Bacon Cracker Sandwiches with Cheese

044000045661

February 5 to February 6, 2019

1.35oz Ritz Bacon Cracker Sandwiches with Cheese

044000045678

February 5 to February 6, 2019

10.8oz Ritz Whole Wheat Cracker Sandwiches with White Cheddar Cheese

044000045777

February 4 to February 5, 2019

1.35oz Ritz Whole Wheat Cracker Sandwiches with White Cheddar Cheese

044000045784

February 4 to February 5, 2019

10.8oz Ritz Everything Cracker Sandwiches with Cream Cheese

044000045791

February 6 to February 7, 2019

1.35oz Ritz Everything Cracker Sandwiches with Cream Cheese

044000045807

February 6 to February 7, 2019

Mixed Cookie Cracker Variety 20 pack

044000041007

February 1 to February 4, 2019

Mixed Cookie Cracker Variety 40 pack

044000042210

January 31 to February 5, 2019

The company said it is conducting this recall as a precaution based on its ingredient supplier’s recall, and there have been no complaints of illness reported so far.

Mondelēz also encouraged its consumers to discard any of these products they may have.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people can develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps between 12 and 72 hours after they are infected by salmonella. The illness usually lasts four to seven days.

CDC estimated salmonella causes about 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations and 450 deaths in the US every year. Food is the major source of the bacteria.

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