Pulling Goldfish, Ritz Crackers and Swiss Rolls off store shelves, Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI) has recalled a dry whey powder ingredient produced at their Blair, Wis., plant. The recall was issued voluntarily after Salmonella concerns became present.
“We believe these products may contain a common whey ingredient supplied by Associated Milk Producers Inc., that may have been contaminated with Salmonella,” according to a statement made by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner, Scott Gottlieb.
AMPI is specifically recalling dry whey powder packaged in 50-pound and 25-kg bags produced from May 1-5, 2018; May 24-29, 2018; June 2-5, 2018; and June 7-14, 2018. Customers producing products such as Mondelēz’s Ritz cheese sandwiches, certain Pepperidge Farm’s Goldfish and Flowers Foods’ Swiss Rolls, have been instructed to return the recalled ingredient or to document the destruction of the powder.
“At AMPI, we are dedicated to producing dairy products that meet the highest quality and safety standards required by our customers as well as complying with all government food safety requirements,” AMPI said in a statement. “We are recalling this product as a precautionary measure and in keeping with our commitment to the best interests of our customers and consumers, and in line with the Food Safety Modernization Act and FDA requirements.”
Currently, the Blair processing facility will remain closed as AMPI works with the FDA to provide necessary remedial actions. While there is no evidence that any Salmonella illnesses have occurred, the recalls are being issued out of an abundance of caution. Once the plant meets government food safety standards, the company will be able to restart production.
For information on the recalled products, read Whey Powder Potentially to Blame for Goldfish and Ritz Cracker Recall or visit U.S. Food and Drug Administration.