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    Wednesday, 14 December 2016

    Powdered Milk Playing at Pathogenic Spread


    Publix, a grocery chain located predominantly in the southern part of the US, and brand Stonewall Kitchen have recently had to recall products containing powdered milk potentially contaminated with Salmonella.


    Publix

    On 8 December, Publix officials initiated a recall on their Premium store-brand pancake and waffle mixes. A supplier notified them of a possible contamination which was then posted to their website on Wednesday. Several flavours are being recalled:
    • Premium Banana-Flavored Chocolate Chip Pancake & Waffle Mix, 16-ounce, with GTIN code 4141503503;
    • Premium Pumpkin Pancake & Waffle Mix, 16-ounce, with GTIN code 4141503703;
    • Premium Blueberry Flavored Pancake & Waffle Mix, 16-ounce, with GTIN code 4141503603.
    Contaminated mixes were distributed to Publix stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, and North Carolina. Consumers who purchased the mix were urged to discard them or return them to the place of purchase. Under no circumstances are the mixes to be used.


    Stonewall Kitchen

    On 9 December, yet another product containing powdered milk was recalled. Stonewall Kitchen issued a recall on their pancake and waffle mix because the FDA discovered Salmonella at the manufacturing facility producing the powdered milk for their mixes. Several flavours are being recalled:
    • Cinnamon Apple Pancake & Waffle Mix in 16-ounce containers with “Enjoy By” dates of 15Feb18 and 16Feb18, UPC number 711381025659, item number 551118;
    • Orange Cranberry Pancake & Waffle Mix in 16-ounce containers with “Enjoy By” dates of 09Feb18, UPC number 711381325971, item number 554130;
    • Toasted Coconut Pancake & Waffle Mix in 16-ounce containers with “Enjoy By” dates of 30Nov17, UPC number 711381033494, item number 551133.
    Contaminated mixes were distributed nationwide by direct-to-consumer sales over the internet and through catalogue orders.

    According to the company’s notice, the recalls are more of a precautionary measure, “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.”

    Though not officially stated by the grocery chain, the widespread recalls are likely linked to the FDA’s seizure of 4 million pounds (1.8 million kilograms) of milk powder from Valley Milk Products LLC. Armed U.S. Marshalls confiscated the products per the request of the FDA. Following an inspection in September, FDA inspectors found evidence of Salmonella meleagridis in the company’s plant environment and in finished products. Both Publix’s Premium pancake and waffle mixes used Valley Milk Products’ powdered milk though neither have, as of yet, had any reported illness due to the pancake and waffle mixes.


    Jacqui Litvan

    Jacqui Litvan, wielding a bachelor's degree in English, strives to create a world of fantasy amidst the ever-changing landscape of military life. Attempting to become a writer, she fuels herself with coffee (working as a barista) and music (spending free time as a raver).
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