The past seven days seems to have been a busy time for food-borne diseases. Last week, Hy-Vee recalled its pasta salad after it was linked to a Salmonella outbreak, and McDonald’s salads were found to have sickened 163 people.
Now, Ritz crackers seem to be the latest victim:
A wide variety of Ritz Bits and Ritz cracker sandwich products got recalled Saturday across the United States, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
“These products contain whey powder as an ingredient, which the whey powder supplier has recalled due to the potential presence of salmonella,” said the recall notice on the site of parent company Mondelez Global.
That’s the same reason Flowers Foods recalled the Swiss rolls it makes for six brands earlier this week. Don’t be surprised if more recalls follow.
If anybody in the national food business has had a worse week than that unnamed whey powder supplier, it’s Mondelez Global. Mondelez is the parent company of Nabisco, makers of Chips Ahoy! cookies. Nabisco and, by extension, Mondelez has been defending its packaging after Weston 15-year-old Alexi Stafford mistakenly ate a Chips Ahoy! with peanuts and died from her allergic reaction.
Salmonella sickens 1.2 millions in the United States every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Usually, the fever, diarrhea, vomiting and stomachaches go away after a few days. In just under two percent of cases, by the CDC’s numbers, the diarrhea forces the sufferer into the hospital.