Cheese dip, crackers, bread sold in Alaska recalled
Several potentially contaminated foods which have been sold in Alaska are under voluntary recalls from their manufacturers, according to state health officials.
The latest item on the list, Kraft Heinz’s Taco Bell-branded Salsa Con Queso Mild Cheese Dip, was recalled on Tuesday. The 7,000 cases involved in the nationwide recall are “showing signs of product separation” which may allow bacteria responsible for botulism – a potentially fatal form of food poisoning – to grow inside the 15-ounce jars.
“Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled,” officials with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration wrote.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation confirmed that some of the dip had been sold in Alaska, but DEC spokeswoman Lani Thompson said officials don't have word on which retailers may carry a specific recalled product.
"We do try to inform retailers and distributors of the recall and if they respond, we work with them to ensure that the products are removed from their shelves as soon as possible," Thompson wrote in an email.
Whey powder potentially contaminated with salmonella has led to two other recalls in the wake of an existing one affecting Ritz crackers, affecting several varieties of Pepperidge Farm goldfish crackers as well as Swiss rolls sold under brand names including Mrs. Freshley’s, Food Lion, H-E-B, Baker’s Treat, Market Square and Great Value.
No illnesses have been reported in association with any of the recalls. Anyone who has purchased the affected products should return them to the store where they were purchased for an exchange or refund.
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