You might be finding it hard to keep track of the various recalls issued lately due to food-borne illnesses from Harlem to the Hudson. Poultry, cereal, crackers — all of these items have been recalled in New York due to outbreaks of diseases, including salmonella.
Here’s a look at some of the most prominent active recalls or outbreaks in the state. If you have these items in your fridge or pantry, you should check the label and toss accordingly.
Mondelez International announced a voluntary recall of certain Ritz cracker sandwiches and Ritz Bits products, citing salmonella fears. Sixteen different products are recalled in the U.S., including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Affected products include Ritz Bits Cheese Cracker Sandwiches in various packaging, Ritz Cheese Cracker Sandwiches, Ritz Bacon Cracker Sandwiches with Cheese Filling, Ritz Everything Crackers and Mixed Cookie Cracker variety packs.
Mondelez said the culprit is whey powder used in the products. The whey powder’s supplier has recalled it due to the potential presence of salmonella. Click here for more information on this recall.
All Honey Smacks cereal has been recalled due to salmonella. The recall was first announced in June, and a dire warning was issued again in July, when the CDC tweeted: “Do not eat this cereal.”
The outbreak has now sickened 100 people in 33 states, according to CDC data. The most infections have so far been reported in New York, where 11 people have fallen ill, and Pennsylvania, where eight have. Four cases have been reported in New Jersey.
Further information provided by the CDC in an outbreak report says people should not eat any Honey Smacks cereal, regardless of package size or best-by date. “Check your home for it and throw it away, or return it to the place of purchase for a refund,” the CDC said. Click here for more information on this recall.
A salmonella outbreak linked to turkey has sickened 90 people in 26 states, including New York, according to the CDC. Raw turkey products from a variety of sources are contaminated with salmonella and are making people sick, the CDC said. Ninety cases have been reported, including eight in New York. The CDC said ill people report eating different types and brands of turkey products purchased from many different locations.
Two ill people lived in a household where raw turkey pet food was fed to pets.
A single supplier of raw or live turkeys has not been identified but officials said the outbreak strain has been identified in samples taken from raw turkey pet food, raw turkey products and live turkeys. No recall has been issued thus far. Click here for more information.
With reporting by Kara Seymour/Patch
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