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Scientist breaks down Salmonella recall trend affecting snack foods

Posted at 10:31 PM, Jul 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-25 11:12:35-04

A favorite snack of kids is under a potential salmonella recall. Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers and Ritz Crackers have joined the growing list of potentially contaminated items.

Kroger-owned stores like Metro Market and Pick 'n Save left an automated voicemail on the phones of loyalty card members.

"This call is from your Kroger family of stores with an important recall announcement. We wanted to alert you that you may have purchased select Ritz Cracker sandwiches," said the voice message. "The product may be contaminated with salmonella and if eaten, could result in severe illness."

Other stores like Sendik's say it posted the recall in store and online. The list includes specific variety of Ritz crackers, Goldfish crackers, Swiss rolls and Kellogg's Honey Smacks. Those might have been contaminated with salmonella. According to the USDA, it's whey powder. 

"It's an ingredient derived from the waste of cheese making," said food scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Bradley Bolling.

He said the powder is a very common ingredient it can be used to change the texture of food.

"In crackers, it would typically be used to carry in flavors or other high-value ingredients that need to be used in low levels," said Bolling.

A preschool teacher is concerned by the recalls.

"All the kids eat Goldfish crackers," said Susan Sundermeyer.

Sundermeyer said they also eat the variety of Ritz Crackers under recall.

"They get them for the afternoon snack," said Sundermeyer.

Other families say they will check their pantries.

So far no illness have been reported from the potential Salmonella.