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Aunt Jemima Pancake Mix Recalled Over Salmonella Worries

Mar 5, 2008 | Parker Waichman LLP

Some Aunt Jemima Pancake & Waffle Mix products have been recalled for potential salmonella contamination.  The Quaker Oats Company announced the products in the recall are a small quantity of Aunt Jemima Pancake & Waffle Mix:  Original, Original Complete, and Buttermilk Complete.  No other Aunt Jemima, frozen Aunt Jemima, or Quaker products are affected.

The products in question are sold in two- and five-pound boxes with Best Before dates of FEB 08 09 H through FEB 16 09 H stamped on the top and contain the following UPC codes:

•    30000 43272:  Aunt Jemima Buttermilk Complete, 5 lb.
•    30000 05040:  Aunt Jemima Original, 2 lb.
•    30000 05070:  Aunt Jemima Original Complete, 2 lb.
•    30000 05300:  Aunt Jemima Buttermilk Complete, 2 lb.

If consumers have this product with the indicated UPC codes and Best Before dates, they should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.  Consumers with questions may contact the company by calling the toll-free hotline at 1-800-407-2247 or by logging onto www.auntjemima.com.

Quaker is working to recover the products and says it knows specifically to which warehouses the product was shipped.  Approximately 98% of the product is within Quaker's control.  The other two percent was shipped to a limited number of retail and mass merchandiser stores—no direct West Coast distribution.  Of that, the vast majority is believed to have not yet been placed on store shelves.  The products were shipped to 17 states including Texas, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, Illinois, Florida, Missouri, Minnesota, Colorado, Wisconsin, Ohio, New York, New Mexico, Kansas, and Utah.

Salmonellosis
is an infection with a bacteria called Salmonella and is usually found in food contaminated with animal feces and is a group of bacteria that passes from the feces of people or animals to other people or animals.  Most persons infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours following infection.  Many different kinds of illnesses can cause diarrhea, fever, or abdominal cramps and determining that Salmonella is the cause of the illness depends on laboratory tests that identify the bacteria in the stools of an infected person.  Once Salmonella has been identified, further testing can determine its specific type and which antibiotics could be used to treat it.

The illness lasts a week and most people recover without treatment; however, in some, diarrhea may be so severe that hospitalization is required.  In these cases, the infection may have spread from the intestines to the blood stream and to other body sites.  Without treatment—antibiotics—severe cases of Salmonella can result in death; however, some Salmonella bacteria are resistant to antibiotics, largely due to the use of antibiotics to promote the growth of feed animals.

A small number of persons infected with Salmonella will go on to develop pains in their joints, irritation of the eyes, and painful urination—a condition called Reiter's syndrome—which can last for months or years and can lead to chronic arthritis; antibiotic treatment does not make a difference in whether or not the person later develops arthritis.


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