Ritz Crackers and Ritz Bits may contain salmonella.
Mondelez Global LLC, the New Jersey-based company responsible for Ritz Cheese Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits, has announced a recall of these products, due to potential salmonella contamination in the whey powder found in the snacks. Sixteen products were recalled in total throughout the U.S., U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. While no reports of illness have come in yet, the company says that anyone who has these snacks in their home should throw them out to avoid a possible contamination.
Typical symptoms of salmonella include fever, stomach cramps, fatigue, and diarrhea. These symptoms could last for a couple days but in some cases could last longer and cause severe dehydration, illness, and death. If you think you may have salmonella poisoning, you should make an appointment with your primary care physician right away.