Ritz Recall: Cracker Products with Cheese Pulled Over Salmonella Risk

A number of Ritz Cracker products are being recalled because an ingredient used in the products may be contaminated with Salmonella, according to Mondelēz Global LLC, the maker of Ritz Crackers.

On Saturday (July 21), the company announced it was voluntarily recalling 16 varieties of Ritz Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits products, all of which have cheese in them. These products contain an ingredient called whey powder, but Mondelēz Global's supplier of whey powder has recalled this ingredient because it may be contaminated with Salmonella, the company said in a statement.

So far, no illnesses tied to the recalled products have been reported, Mondelēz Global said. However, consumers who bought the recalled products should not eat them and should throw the products away, the statement said.

Symptoms of Salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps that occur between 12 and 72 hours after infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment. But in some cases, the diarrhea can be so severe that the person needs to be hospitalized. Severe Salmonella infections are most likely to occur in young children, older adults and people with weakened immune systems.

The specific UPC codes and "best when used by" dates of the recalled products are available here. People who want more information about the recall can contact the company at 1-844-366 -1171.

Originally published on Live Science.

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