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Salmonella fears prompt voluntary recall of four Goldfish cracker varieties

Special to Forum News Service

Pepperidge Farm, a commercial bakery owned by Campbell's Soup Company, is alerting customers to a potential salmonella outbreak in four of its varieties of Goldfish crackers, the company said in a Monday, July 23, news release.

The bakery says it was notified by one of its ingredient suppliers that whey powder in a seasoning that is applied to four varieties of crackers has been the subject of a recall.

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service issued a public health alert warning consumers that products may be contaminated with salmonella from whey powder that has been recalled by the producer of the ingredient.

After investigating the issue, Pepperidge Farm issued a voluntary recall of the four varieties of crackers out of an "abundance of caution," according to the release.

The Goldfish crackers involved in the recall are Flavor Blasted Xtra Cheddar, Flavor Blasted Sour Cream & Onion, Goldfish Baked with Whole Grain Xtra Cheddar and Goldfish Mix Xtra Cheddar + Pretzel.

As of Tuesday, no illnesses have been reported as a result of the potential salmonella outbreak, the release says.

Consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them, according to the release, and added that recalled product should be discarded or returned to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Salmonella is a common bacterial disease that affects the intestinal tract, according to the Mayo Clinic. Typically, people with Salmonella infection have no symptoms, however, others may develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps within 8 to 72 hours.

For more information on how to treat Salmonella, the Department of Agriculture has created a Salmonella Action Plan, which you can view by clicking here.

Ross Torgerson

Digital Reporter for Forum Communications. Native of Moorhead, Minn. Have a question or story idea? Email me at rtorgerson@forumcomm.com. Follow me on Twitter @RossTorgerson

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