Health Department Alerts Vermonters to Salmonella Risk in Malt-O-Meal Cereals

For Immediate Release: April 8, 2008
Media Contact: Communication Office
Vermont Department of Health
802-863-7281

BURLINGTON – The Vermont Department of Health is alerting consumers to a voluntary product recall of unsweetened Puffed Rice and unsweetened Puffed Wheat Cereals produced by the Malt-O-Meal Company, due to possible contamination with Salmonella.

The cereals are marketed under the Malt-O-Meal brand as well as under private label brands including Hannaford and Shaw’s. Additional brand names are Acme, America's Choice, Food Club, Giant, Jewel, Laura Lynn, Pathmark, ShopRite, Tops and Weis Quality. The products were distributed nationwide with “Best If Used By” codes between April 8, 2008 (coded as “APR0808”) and March 18, 2009 (coded as “MAR1809”).

No illnesses have been reported to date. Consumers who have purchased any products covered by this recall are urged by Malt-O-Meal to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-877-665-9331. Information regarding this recall, including images of the Malt-O-Meal product packaging, is available at the company’s website: www.malt-o-meal.com/recallinfo.

Symptoms of illness caused by eating food contaminated with salmonella include fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. Salmonella can invade the bloodstream and cause life-threatening infections for people with weakened immune systems or other underlying health conditions.

"Any Vermonters who believe they may be ill from eating theses products should contact their doctor immediately and notify the Health Department," said Vermont Department of Health Epidemiologist Patsy Tassler Kelso, PhD.

Illness should be reported to the Health Department at 802-863-7240 or 800-640-4374 (toll free in Vermont only).

Additional information about Salmonella is available at the Vermont Department of Health online Salmonella Fact Sheet.

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