The recall was initiated as the result of a routine sampling program by the company, which revealed the finished product may contain bacteria.
Although minor – with potentially affected product limited to 21 boxes of one variety with two Best Before Dates – Quaker initiated the voluntary recall out of an abundance of caution and to protect public health, according the FDA recall notice.
“The recall was initiated as the result of a routine sampling program by the company, which revealed the finished product may contain bacteria,” it added.
The recall includes 17.1oz boxes Cap’nCrunch’s Peanut Butter Crunch cereal with the UPC number 03000062111, purchased after November 4, with the Best Before dates of July 30, 2019 and July 31, 2019.
No illnesses related to Salmonella have been reported in connection with the implicated cereal to date.
Consumers who purchased the cereal have been advised not to consume it, but return the box to the place of purchase for a full refund.
No other Quaker products are being recalled. Officials from the PepsiCo subsidiary are working closely with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to find the source of the possible contamination.
Healthy adults will show symptoms of Salmonella infection within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated food, including diarrhea and abdominal cramps. The elderly, children, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems are at risk of developing a severe illness and sometimes life-threatening conditions.
It is possible for some people to be infected with the bacteria and to not get sick or show any symptoms, but to still be able to spread the infection to others.