EAST HANOVER, N.J. — Mondelez Global L.L.C., a division of Mondelez International, Inc., on July 21 became the latest company to recall grain-based food products due to the potential presence of Salmonella.
According to Mondelez, certain Ritz Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits products sold in the United States, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, contain whey powder that has been recalled by the whey supplier due to the potential presence of Salmonella.
“There have been no complaints of illness reported to Mondelez Global to date in connection with these products,” the company said. “The company is conducting this recall as a precaution, based on the ingredient supplier’s recall. Consumers who have these products should not eat them and should discard any products they may have.”
Mondelez’s announcement comes just a few days after Thomasville, Ga.-based Flowers Foods, Inc. issued a voluntary recall on Swiss Rolls sold under the brand names Mrs. Freshley’s, Food Lion, H-E-B, Baker’s Treat, Market Square and Great Value, as well as Captain John Derst’s Old Fashioned Bread, due to the potential presence of Salmonella. The Swiss Rolls were distributed nationwide, while the recalled bread was distributed in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
Like Mondelez, Flowers said the ingredient recall was initiated by a third-party whey powder manufacturer and supplier. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the recalled products, the company said.
“Consumers should not consume these products,” Flowers said. “Affected product should be discarded or may be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund.”
The recall is the third such incident to affect a major grain-based foods company in the past month. In mid-June, Kellogg Co., Battle Creek, Mich., voluntarily recalled Honey Smacks after Salmonella was linked to the ready-to-eat cereal.