Seven brands of potato chips have been added to the growing list of potato chip brands that have been voluntarily recalled this week after salmonella was detected in powdered milk used to make some flavors of the chips, according to Food Safety News.
The latest seven brands of recalled potato chips are all manufactured by York, Pennsylvania, snack company Bickel’s but sold under a variety of brand names such as Dan Dee and Seyfert, among others. They join several other potato chip brands that have already voluntarily recalled their chips following news that millions of pounds of powdered milk may have been contaminated with salmonella.
According to the Bickel’s recall notice on the Food and Drug Administration’s website, Bickel’s Snack Foods was notified on December 16 that Valley Milk Products had initiated a recall of products made with milk powders or sour cream. Powdered milk ingredients supplied by one of the potato chip company’s secondary seasoning component suppliers, Valley Milk Products, notified Bickel’s that they had found evidence of salmonella contamination in their milk products.
The latest recalled brands of potato chips sold by Bickel’s include Bon Ton, Seyfert, Bickel’s, Troyer, Dan Dee, Troyer, Cabana, and Key Foods in various package sizes. Only sour cream and onion flavors of these particular brands potato chips have been recalled, and only those in certain batches that can be viewed at the recall notice on the FDA site.
Bickel’s says that they have not conducted lab tests confirming the presence of salmonella in the potato chips and no illnesses have been reported. They say they are “voluntarily recalling these products out of an abundance of caution.”
Three other recalls were posted Thursday on FDA and USDA websites by food companies that named the salmonella-contaminated powdered milk from Valley Milk Products of Strasburg, Virginia, in their recalls.
Other potato chip brands that have recalled chips that contain the milk powder include Dieffenbach’s, Berlin, Herr’s, Peddler’s Pantry, and Snyder of Berlin. It’s important to note that these recalls included other varieties of potato chips besides the sour cream and onion flavor, such as chipotle and buffalo blue flavors.
At least 17 food companies have recalled products packaged under even more brand names since December 7 because of the potential Salmonella contamination. Valley Milk recalled about 3 million pounds of its powdered milk and powdered buttermilk earlier in the month after the federal government seized 4 million pounds of the same products from the cooperative’s production plant in Strasburg.
The FDA says salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy people who become infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Long-term complications can include severe arthritis. In rare circumstances, Salmonella infections can migrate into the bloodstream and produce more severe illnesses.
It’s important to note that foods that are contaminated with salmonella may not look or smell spoiled but they can still make you quite sick. Young children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems are more at risk of salmonella infections and can contract serious and sometimes deadly infections.
Customers who purchased potato chips in the recalled lots should dispose of them immediately, the company says. Anyone who has consumed any of the recalled potato chips and developed symptoms of salmonella infection should seek medical attention and tell their doctors about the possible salmonella exposure, the FDA says.
Consumers can also contact Bickel’s Snack Foods toll-free during regular business hours at 1-800-888-4646 with any questions about the recall.
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