Pepperidge Farm’s Goldfish crackers are known as the “snack that smiles back” but the company certainly isn’t smiling after more than 3.3 million units of the popular treat had to be recalled because of Salmonella concerns.
According to a statement from the corporation, a voluntary recall was put into effect “out of an abundance of caution” because there is fear the whey powder used to season some varieties of Goldfish could contain the potentially deadly bacteria.
The four varieties of crackers being recalled are Flavor Blasted Xtra Cheddar, Flavor Blasted Sour Cream & Onion, Goldfish Baked with Whole Grain Xtra Cheddar and Goldfish Mix Xtra Cheddar + Pretzel.
Per the statement, these products were distributed throughout the United States, though no illnesses have been reported. Pepperidge Farm also notes that none of its other products, which include a variety of other breads, cookies, pastries and crackers, are subject to this recall.
Still, the food giant is asking consumers to check the labels on their products, and is urging people to dispose of, or return, any items listed in the recall.
The Goldfish cracker announcement comes hours after confectionery giant Mondelez recalled more than a dozen Ritz products over fears snack foods such as Ritz Crackers and Ritz Bits items could contain Salmonella. As with Pepperidge Farm, Mondelez initiated the recall because of the potential presence of Salmonella in whey powder used in some of its foods.
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