Various Granola Products Recalled Due To Potential Salmonella Contamination

A range of products marketed by the Quaker Oats brand have been recalled amid concerns about potentially deadly contamination.

According to an advisory, a variety of cereals and granola bars might have been exposed to salmonella, thus posing the risk of illness to anyone who eats them. The brands impacted by the recall were sold in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam, and Saipan.

Among the popular products affected are chocolate chip, cookie dough, and dark chocolate chunk granola bars as well as puffed granola apple cinnamon and blueberry vanilla cereal flavors.

Thus far, the company indicated that there have been no confirmed illnesses caused by any of the impacted products.

Foods contaminated with the organism can cause symptoms including fever, nausea, and diarrhea.

If salmonella enters a person’s bloodstream, it can result in arterial infection, heart inflammation, arthritis, and even death.

In extreme cases, salmonella can get into the bloodstream and cause more severe illnesses like arterial infections, endocarditis, and arthritis.

“The Quaker Oats Company announced the recall of specific granola bars and granola cereals because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella,” explained a website created to inform consumers of all the products affected by the recall.

Those with Quaker brand products in their homes are encouraged to check the list either online or by calling the company’s consumer relations division at 1-800-492-9322 and dispose of any recalled items. The company is offering refunds to consumers impacted by the recall.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, “contamination with disease-causing microorganisms” is a common reason for recalls.

“It is important that consumers be aware of recalls because recalled foods may cause injury or illness, especially for people who are pregnant or have weakened immune systems because of chronic illness or medical treatment,” the agency added.

Salmonella outbreaks are frequently linked to produce, as in the case of contaminated packaged and fresh fruit sold as recently as last month in the U.S. and Canada. Hundreds of illnesses were confirmed across dozens of states, resulting in at least three American deaths.

In addition to pre-cut fruits, a number of fresh cantaloupes being sold at stores including Sprouts and Trader Joe’s were included in the recent recall.