Quaker Oats recalls more products due to potential salmonella contamination

Quaker Oats recalls more products due to potential salmonella contamination

The Quaker Oats company this week added more products to a recall that began last month due to possible salmonella contamination, bringing the total number of products to more than 60.

Quaker Oats, which is owned by PepsiCo, initially recalled 43 products, including granola bars, cereals and various snacks. On Thursday, the company added 24 products to the list.

Newly recalled items include Quaker Chewy Granola Bars, Gatorade Protein Bars, Cap’n Crunch Bars, Quaker Simply Granola Cereal, Gamesa Marias Cereal and other cereals.

“To date, Quaker has not received any confirmed reports of illness related to products covered by this recall,” the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in December. It is unclear whether any illnesses have been reported since.

It was not immediately clear how the potential contamination occurred or how or when it was first brought to the attention of federal regulators or the company. Quaker Oats did not immediately respond to a request for comment Saturday.

On his websitethe company listed the recalled products and offered the option to request a refund.

Customers should check their pantries for all products and dispose of them, the FDA said.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and even fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly adults, and people with weakened immune systems.

Common symptoms of salmonella include fever, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, which may be bloody. In rare cases, salmonella can enter the bloodstream and lead to more serious illnesses, such as infected arteries, according to the FDA.

Exposed people usually start feeling sick six hours to six days later. Most infections are mild and last between four and seven days.

Other recent salmonella-related recalls have been linked to a variety of foods, such as vegetables, fruits and meats. At least two people have died in a salmonella outbreak linked to cantaloupes announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in November.

Salmonella bacteria causes an estimated 1.35 million infections, 26,500 hospitalizations and 420 deaths in the United States each year, according to the CDC

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Eric D. Eilerman

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