The company says that, while there have been no complaints about illness related to the crackers, they are conducting the recall as a precaution. The disease is foodborne, meaning one must ingest it to contract it, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
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.
The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a public health alert involving individual frozen microwavable dinners with "Hungry Man Chipotle BBQ Sauced Boneless Chicken WYNGZ" printed on the label and bearing a best buy date of September 6, 2019.
The whey powder was initially recalled by its producer, Associated Milk Products, Inc.
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More than 200 people in 44 different states have become infected with Salmonella, and the CDC is blaming backyard poultry for the outbreaks. Product recalls, in particular, can be immensely complicated as a communications team must work internally with its legal department, marketing team, C-suite, product engineers and sales department, and externally with retailers, consumers, health officials, the media and social media users. And just as with the other products recalled, whey powder is used in the ranch dressing that is used as a seasoning in the mashed potatoes and in the boneless chicken with the meals.
Salmonella often makes its way into products like whey through handling. "However, because additional product tested positive for salmonella under AMPI's routine test and hold procedures, the company is recalling product as a precautionary measure". No deaths have been reported.
So far, no cases of salmonella infection have been reported.
More than a quarter of those sickened are children under the age of 5.