There is another food-borne illness scare today as a second company has recalled canned pancake and waffle mix. Stonewall Kitchen (again, the second company to report this) issued a recall Thursday only a day after Publix Super Markets grocery store chain issued the first of such recalls. The companies said concerns over potential Salmonella contamination was the reason for the recalls.
While both companies issued recalls of the same concern, Stonewall Kitchen did not name the powdered milk supplier as the reason for their contamination, a Publix spokesperson said, on Wednesday, that the grocery store chains recall was in response to a separate seizure action set forth by US Marshals at Valley Milk Products LLC.
According to the Stonewall Kitchen notice: “Stonewall Kitchen of York, ME, is voluntarily recalling limited quantities of (its) Cinnamon Apple, Orange Cranberry and Toasted Coconut pancake and waffle mixes, after the FDA found traces of Salmonella at the manufacturing facility of the ingredient supplier for the powdered buttermilk used in these products.”
The notice goes on to describe: “Although no pathogenic bacteria have been found in the powdered products supplied to Stonewall Kitchen by the ingredient manufacturer, nor in any of the Stonewall Kitchen pancake and waffle mixes themselves, we have decided out of an abundance of caution to recall products produced from the specific lots purchased from this ingredient supplier.”
Thursday’s recall notice, as posted to the FDA’s website, describes: “To date, Stonewall Kitchen has not experienced any problems or complaints about these products. No injuries or illnesses have been reported.”
Salmonella, of course, is a microscopic organism that can cause fever, diarrhea (often bloody), abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. While the infection is mild in healthy adults, it can be serious and even fatal in children and those with weaker immune systems. If the organism can get into the bloodstream, more severe illnesses like arterial infections, endocarditis and arthritis can also result.
Obviously, anyone who have bought the described products should discontinue use and discard them. Furthermore, consumers can contact Stonewall Kitchen Premier Guest Services by email at email@example.com or by phone at 800-826-1735 for more information, including refunds.
Of course, the companies are also advising that anyone who may have consumed the product or has developed some symptoms should seek immediate medical attention.