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Why are so many products being recalled over Salmonella concerns?

Posted: 8:31 PM, Jul 24, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-25 13:41:52-04

Some favorite kids' snacks are under a potential salmonella recall. Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers and Ritz Crackers have joined the growing list of potentially contaminated items.

The list of foods that may be contaminated with salmonella also include Swiss rolls and Kellogg's Honey Smacks. According to the USDA, it's the whey powder in the products that is to blame.

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

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," Bolling said.

Scientists aren't the only ones concerned. Teachers are afraid their students' favorite snacks may be tainted.

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

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

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

Other families say they will check their pantries.

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