Two major grocery chains with locations in the Triangle have recalled pantry staples because of health concerns.
Publix issued a voluntary recall for Public Premium Pancake and Waffle mixes for possible salmonella contamination. The mixes recalled include the pumpkin, chocolate chip and blueberry flavored mixes, Publix said on its website. The mixes were sold in North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and Tennessee.
The milk powder included in the mixes has the potential for salmonella, Publix said.
Salmonella is a bacterium that can cause diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. Most people recover without treatment, but in some cases symptoms may become so severe that the person needs to be hospitalized. The elderly, infants and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to have a severe reaction.
“As part of our commitment to food safety, potentially impacted product has been removed from all store shelves,” said Maria Brous, Publix media and community relations director. “To date, there have been no reported cases of illness. Consumers who have purchased the product in question may return the product to their local store for a full refund.
Publix customers with additional questions can call the customer care department at 1-800-242-1227 or go to www.publix.com. Customers can also contact the US Food and Drug Administration at 1-888-723-3366.
Milk powder is the source of the Walmart mac and cheese recall, too.
Walmart’s Great Value brand mac and cheese products are being recalled for potential salmonella risk, according to a news release from TreeHouse Foods, a packaged foods producer.
The voluntary recall is for three different macaroni and cheese products distributed to locations nationwide – Big Win Original Macaroni & Cheese Dinner, Cheese Club Express Macaroni & Cheese Dinner and Great Value Macaroni & Cheese Original Cups.
The cheddar cheese seasoning contains milk powder, and TreeHouse Foods said the powder could be contaminated.
Customers who purchased any of the products are urged to dispose of or return them for a full refund, according to the release. Customers with questions can call 1-800-756-5781.
No illnesses caused by consuming the Publix mixes or the Walmart mac and cheese had been reported.