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Heads Up, Parents: Varieties Of Ritz Bitz, Ritz Cracker Sandwiches, And Goldfish Crackers Are Being Recalled

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Uh-oh! This is not a good time for a kid snack recall! We’re smack dab in the middle of summer! Parents everywhere have reached the “throw boxes of food at the kids” stage to catch a few minutes of peace and quiet. And what’s easier to toss at the hungry hoards than a box of Ritz Bitz crackers or a bag of Goldfish?? Well, you may want to find a different snack for the time being. A Ritz recall is being issued for Ritz Bitz and Ritz Cracker Sandwiches, over possible salmonella contamination. Pepperidge Farms, the company that makes Goldfish crackers, also announced a recall of some of their popular products, citing the same concerns.

The Ritz recall affects several different products that contain cheese.

Mondelez International, the company that makes the popular snack crackers, issued the voluntary recall because of the potential risk of salmonella. The products in question all contain whey powder. The supplier of that whey powder has recalled the ingredient.

Pepperidge Farms cited the same concerns over contaminated whey powder in their voluntary recall alert.

Four varieties of the little cheesy fish crackers are being voluntarily recalled, according to the company. That amounts to just about 3.3 million units of fish. The flavors 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.

Both companies say that no illnesses have been reported thus far, which is good! Hopefully, they got out ahead of this before anyone gets sick.

Salmonella symptoms include fever, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. In healthy people, it will probably just make you pretty miserable. But in kids, the elderly, or people with compromised immune systems, it can cause serious and potentially fatal infections.

The following products are included in the Ritz recall:

  • Ritz Bits Cheese Big Bag 3 oz – 0 44000 00677 8 – March 7, 2019 thru April 13, 2019
  • Ritz Bitzs Cheese 1 oz –0 44000 02025 5 – March 7, 2019 thru April 13, 2019
  • Ritz Bitzs Cheese 12 Pack Carton – 0 44000 02032 3 – March 8, 2019 thru April 13, 2019
  • Ritz Bitzs Cheese 30 Pack Carton – 0 44000 01309 7 – March 3, 2019 thru April 13, 2019
  • Ritz Bitzs Cheese 1.5 oz – 0 44000 00929 8 – March 3, 2019 thru April 13, 2019
  • Ritz Bitzs Cheese 3 oz Go Packs – 0 44000 03215 9 – March 7, 2019 thru April 12, 2019
  • 8 oz Ritz Cheese Cracker Sandwiches – 0 44000 88211 2 – Jan. 14, 2019 thru Feb. 11, 2019
  • 35 oz Ritz Cracker Sandwiches – 0 44000 00211 4 – Jan. 14, 2019 thru Feb. 11, 2019
  • 8 oz Ritz Bacon Cracker Sandwiches – 0 44000 04566 1 – Feb. 5, 2019 and Feb. 6, 2019
  • 35 oz Ritz Bacon Cracker Sandwiches with cheese – 0 44000 04567 8 – Feb. 5, 2019 and Feb. 6, 2019
  • 8 oz Ritz Whole Wheat Cracker Sandwiches with White Cheddar Cheese – 0 44000 04577 7 – Feb.4, 2019 and Feb. 5, 2019
  • 35 oz Ritz Whole Wheat Cracker Sandwiches with White Cheddar Cheese – 0 44000 04578 4 – Feb. 4, 2019 and Feb. 5, 2019
  • 8 oz Ritz Everything Cracker Sandwiches with Cream Cheese – 0 44000 04579 1 – Feb. 6, 2019, Feb.7, 2019, and Feb. 8, 2019
  • 35 oz Ritz Everything Cracker with Cream Cheese – 0 44000 04580 7 – Feb. 6, 2019, Feb.7, 2019, and Feb. 8, 2019
  • Mixed Cookie Cracker Variety 20 Pack – 0 44000 04100 7 – Feb. 1, 2019 thru Feb. 4, 2019
  • Mixed Cookie Cracker Variety 40 Pack – 0 44000 04221 0 – Jan. 31, 2019 thru Feb. 5, 2019

The company is advising consumers not to eat the products, and to throw them away or return them to the store where they were purchased for a full refund.

(Image: Facebook/Ritz Crackers)

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