PSA: Goldfish and Ritz Crackers Recalled Due to Salmonella

The culprit? Whey powder.

By Ethan L. Johns
July 24, 2018

Images: Walmart

Childhood’s cheesiest snacks have officially and temporarily become public health enemy number one.

A variety of Goldfish and Ritz Cheese Crackers have been recalled from grocers and retailers after a major whey powder supplier warned of potential salmonella contamination.

In a series of voluntary product pulls ordered on Monday by both Pepperidge Farms and Mondelez, respectively, customers were advised to return potentially contaminated snacks to the place of purchase for a refund.

Included in the Goldfish recall are four different types of crackers: “Flavor Blasted Xtra Cheddar,” “Flavor Blasted Sour Cream & Onion,” “Goldfish Baked with Whole Grain Xtra Cheddar” and “Goldfish Mix Xtra Cheddar + Pretzel in various types of packaging, with a range of expiration dates. A chart with affected Goldfish can be found here.

Mondelez has recalled both Ritz Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits cracker sandwiches, both of which contain cheese. A full list of product sizes and codes can be found on the website of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

So far, no cases of salmonella infection have been reported.

Symptoms of salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever and/or abdominal cramps. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should see a doctor. Infection normally manifests itself anywhere from 12 to 72 hours after consumption of tainted food, and may last four to seven days.

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About Ethan L. Johns

Ethan is the Food News Writer at Genius Kitchen. An expert on the Parisian bistrot, he likes bitters and salted butters, and is no fan of dessert unless it's made with fruit. His hobbies include reading up on the history of borscht and attempting to roll perfect couscous by hand. Twits & Instagram @EthanLJohns