STATES CHRONICLE – Shearer’s Foods issued a voluntary recall of five snack chips brands which contained powdered milk ingredients contaminated with Salmonella.
The powdered milk was produced in a facility belonging to Valley Milk Products. The five brands included in the recall are Delish, Essential Everyday, Market Essential, Larry the Cable Guy, and Deep River.
The company issued the recall on Saturday after other products had been recalled including the Publix pancake mix, and the Great Value macaroni and cheese. Fortunately, no case of Salmonella infection has been reported yet.
According to the company’s officials, the recall was initiated on December 7 when one of the seasoning suppliers notified Shearer’s Foods officials that the powdered milk produced by Valley Milk Products had been contaminated with Salmonella.
Customers who might have bought the contaminated products are urged to discard them immediately. For any other questions or additional information about the recall, consumers can reach a Shearer’s Foods representative at 800-428-6843.
On the 1st of December, the Marshals seized over four million pounds of contaminated powdered milk from the Valley Milk facility located in Strasburg. The FDA needed the Marshals’ help because the company knew about the Salmonella contamination but did nothing to address the issue.
In case a food company discovers that one of its facilities might have been contaminated with Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, or any other bacteria, it must issue a voluntary recall of its products. Otherwise, consumers might get infected and even die.
Besides this, the company responsible for the contamination will be punished by law. The FDA officials strongly recommend people who consumed the contaminated products to seek medical help and discuss with their physicians about the risks of a Salmonella infection.
This microscopic organism is known as a powerful pathogen which can cause a wide range of symptoms, including abdominal pain, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, fever, chills, and blood in the stool. Those most at risk are people with weak immune systems, children, pregnant women, and seniors as the infection can be fatal.
Also, pregnant women might suffer miscarriages or the baby might get infected too. In the worst-case scenario, the Salmonella infection gets into the bloodstream and leads to more severe symptoms.
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