Mondelez Global LLC has announced a voluntary recall of 16 of their Ritz cracker products following fears of salmonella contamination. Consumers are urged to discard the products rather than eating them to avoid potential health complications.

The recall was announced on Saturday, July 21st when the company issued an official press statement. The decision was made voluntarily by the company despite the fact that there have been no complaints or reports of illness connected to their products to date, following the announcement of a potential contamination issue with the company’s whey powder supplier.

While the recall is classified as voluntary, consumers are encouraged not to allow that to change how serious they view the risk. The classification does not mean that the recall is optional, and the listed products should NOT be consumed. All 16 of the products listed do contain the recalled whey powder and as such pose a risk of contamination. Aware of the risk of illness associated with consuming the product, the company has issued the recall as a precaution with the intention of avoiding any consumers falling ill due to their products.

The 16 recalled Ritz cracker products include:

  • Ritz Bits Cheese Big Bag 3 oz (UPC 0 44000 00677 8), ‘Best Used By’ dates: 7 Mar 19 to 13 Apr 19
  • Ritz Bits Cheese 1 oz (UPC 0 44000 02025 5), ‘Best Used By’ dates: 7 Mar 19 to 13 Apr 19
  • Ritz Bits Cheese 12 Pack Carton (UPC 0 44000 02032 3), ‘Best Used By’ dates: 8 Mar 19 to 13 Apr 19
  • Ritz Bits Cheese 30 Pack Carton (UPC 0 44000 01309 7), ‘Best Used By’ dates: 3 Mar 19 to 13 Apr 19
  • Ritz Bits Cheese 1.5 oz (UPC 0 44000 00929 8), ‘Best Used By’ dates: 3 Mar 19 to 13 Apr 19
  • Ritz Bits Cheese 3 oz Go Packs (UPC 0 44000 03215 9), ‘Best Used By’ dates: 7 Mar 18 to 12 Apr 19
  • 8 oz Ritz Cheese Cracker Sandwiches (UPC 0 44000 88211 2), ‘Best Used By’ dates: 14 Jan 19 to 11 Feb 19
  • 35 oz Ritz Cheese Cracker Sandwiches (UPC 0 44000 00211 4), ‘Best Used By’ dates: 14 Jan 19 to 11 Feb 19
  • 8 oz Ritz Bacon Cracker Sandwiches with Cheese (UPC 0 44000 04566 1), ‘Best Used By’ dates: 5 Feb 19 & 6 Feb 19
  • 35 oz Ritz Bacon Cracker Sandwiches with Cheese (UPC 0 44000 045678), ‘Best Used By’ dates: 5 Feb 19 & 6 Feb 19
  • 8 oz Ritz Whole Wheat Cracker Sandwiches with White Cheddar Cheese (UPC 0 44000 04577 7), ‘Best Used By’ dates: 4 Feb 19 & 5 Feb 19
  • 35 oz Ritz Whole Wheat Cracker Sandwiches with White Cheddar Cheese (UPC 0 44000 04578 4), ‘Best Used By’ dates: 4 Feb 19 & 5 Feb 19
  • 8 oz Ritz Everything Cracker Sandwiches with Cream Cheese (UPC 0 44000 04579 1), ‘Best Used By’ dates: 6 Feb 19, 7 Feb 19 & 8 Feb 19
  • 35 oz Ritz Everything Cracker Sandwiches with Cream Cheese (UPC 0 44000 04580 7), ‘Best Used By’ dates: 6 Feb 19, 7 Feb 19 & 8 Feb 19
  • Mixed Cookie Cracker Variety 20 Pack (UPC 0 44000 04100 7), ‘Best Used By’ dates: 1 Feb 19 to 4 Feb 19
  • Mixed Cookie Cracker Variety 40 Pack (UPC 0 44000 04221 0), ‘Best Used By’ dates: 31 Jan 19 to 5 Feb 19

Recalls due to Salmonella contamination aren’t unheard of in the United States. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that approximately 1.2 million Americans experience a Salmonella-related illness each year, including 23,000 hospitalizations and 450 deaths. While it can be contracted from non-food sources, they attribute 1 million of those illnesses to contaminated foods. Symptoms of Salmonella poisoning include fever, chills, abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, headaches, blood in your stool, and diarrhea which may become severe enough to require medical attention or even hospitalization.

If you have consumed any of the above-listed products or suspect that you may be experiencing salmonella poisoning, it is recommended that you seek medical attention. For more information about the recall, you can contact the company 24 hours a day by calling 1-844-366-1171. For more specific inquiries, Consumer Relations specialists are available Monday thru Friday, 9 AM – 6 PM EST.

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