Two Salmonella Related Recalls in the News this Week: Cantaloupe and Apple Chips Contaminated with Salmonella Just a Couple of the Many Salmonella Outbreaks so Far this Year.
The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced two food recalls just this week, both related to Salmonella contaminations. The first, announced by the FDA on Monday, October 5, 2020, is a voluntary recall by Seneca Snack Company on their Cinnamon Apple Chips and Clancy’s Cinnamon Apple Chips. The recall was declared out of an abundance of caution when Seneca Snack Company was notified by an ingredient supplier that a specific cinnamon flavor used in their Cinnamon Apple Chips was potentially contaminated with Salmonella. The recall does not pertain to other apple chip flavors. Consequently, only a select lot number of Apple Cinnamon Chips are included in the recall. There are currently no known illnesses related to this contamination. The recall only pertains to Clancy’s Cinnamon Apple Chips in 2.5 ounce packages sold by ALDI and Seneca Cinnamon Apple Chips in 0.7 and 2.5 ounce packages sold nationwide through Amazon and Gemline. No other retailers are affected.
A Second and unrelated recall was announced by the FDA, today, October 7, 2020, due to a potential Salmonella contamination. Meijer, a Midwestern supercenter chain store, declared a voluntary recall on their Kandy Brand and Meijer Brand whole cantaloupes and cut cantaloupe fruit trays and bowls, after the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development found Salmonella monocytogenes in some of their samples. The recall encompasses all whole cantaloupes and cut fruit trays and bowls weighing 6-40 oz., sold between September 26, and October 5, 2020, in any Meijer stores in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. As of today, there are no known illnesses related to this contamination.
According to National Food Poisoning Lawyer Run Simon, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that just this year, in 2020, the U.S. has experienced three food related Salmonella Outbreaks and four animal related Salmonella Outbreaks. The purpose of food recalls, such as those mentioned above, is to prevent contaminations from becoming outbreaks. In order to do your part, pay attention to food recalls and insure that you do not come into contact with or consume recalled products.