Pepperidge Farms, the owner of Goldfish Crackers, has recalled more than three million units of the cheesy snack due to fears that one of the main ingredients used to make them may contain salmonella bacteria. Despite the recall, at this point in time, there have been no reported cases of illness due to the ingestion of Goldfish crackers.
Typically salmonella causes an upset stomach, diarrhea, and fever, but despite the grueling side effects, the disease typically doesn’t require hospitalization. Still, in some rare cases, salmonella can result in death, so better safe than sorry. The interesting thing about the Pepperidge Farms recall is that it’s happening within a continuum of very public and very similar events.
Pepperidge Farms is simply the newest on a list of companies that have had to recall certain food items due to a potential or confirmed salmonella contamination. Mondelez LLC has already recalled Ritz bits, one of their premiere items, while Kellogg’s pulled every box of Honey Smacks off of the shelves after one of their manufacturing plants tested positive for a strain of salmonella found in the cereal. In January, the popular French company Lactalis recalled over 12 million boxes of powdered milk from over 83 countries after salmonella bacteria was found in a factory.
As of right now, no other Pepperage products have been subject to a recall or found to pose any danger whatsoever. The goldfish products up for recall include the following flavors: Flavor Blasted Xtra Cheddar, Flavor Blasted Sour Cream & Onion, Goldfish Baked with Whole Grain Xtra Cheddar and Goldfish Mix Xtra Cheddar + Pretzel. Pepperidge hasn’t commented on the matter formally but has provided a list with pictures of the potentially contaminated Goldfish products here.