Salmonella Dried Milk Scare Prompts More Product RecallsJul 7, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP
Salmonella Prompted Dry Milk Products
Salmonella worries have prompted a number of firms to recall more dry milk products over the past several days.
The dried milk in all of these products was originally recalled by Plainview Milk Products Cooperative of Plainview, Minnesota last month. In addition to the nonfat dried milk products, the company also recalled whey protein, fruit stabilizers, and gums (thickening agents) that it has manufactured over the past two year because of potential Salmonella contamination. The company sells these products to other industry customers, including distributors and manufacturers, who may have incorporated them into their own products.
The products subject to recall over the past few days include:
- CPI Foods Inc. of Dallas said it is recalling approximately 15,000 packets of non-fat dry milk that are part of the firm's shelf stable meal kits sent to community service companies in Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, West Virginia, North Carolina, Nevada, and Kentucky. The meal kits are distributed to consumers in their homes.
- Precision Foods Inc. of St. Louis recalling certain Land O Lakes-brand drinking cocoa called "Madagascar Vanilla" that was distributed nationally.
- Meijer Inc. recalled one type of its Meijer-brand instant non-fat dry milk due to the same problem. The recalled dry milk with "sell-by" dates of "FEB0911" and FEB1011" was sold at Meijer supermarkets in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.
- Giant Food LLC of Landover, Md., recalled its Giant-brand non-fat dry milk products from all of its 182 supermarkets.
- Malt-O-Meal Co. recalled its "Maple & Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal" packets because it contains non-fat dry milk. The product was distributed nationally under a variety of brands, including Cub Foods, Diamond Crystal, Fastco, Flavorite, Foodland, Good 'n Hearty, Hearty Traditions, Hy-Top, IGA, Mom's Best Natural, Megaroons, Millville, Our Family, Richfood, Shop 'n Save and Smart Menu.
- NOW Foods recalled 12 products and 29 lots of Whey Protein concentrate products.
A complete list of products affected by the Plainview Milk Products Cooperative recall can be found here at the Food & Drug Administration Website.
Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.
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