It’s time to check the pantry as a number of baked goods are being pulled from shelves and online retailers, including Amazon, in a sweeping recall that has caused production to be temporarily halted in a confectionery factory in Israel. Strauss Israel issued a voluntary recall of its Elite brand chocolate items on April 28 after it was discovered that the products may be contaminated with salmonella.
According the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The recall includes all product codes currently on the US market. The recalled products were distributed to the kosher market nationwide, primarily in the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, California and Florida. However, the recall goes beyond these states alone, as the products were also sold directly to customers through Amazon.com, Fresh Direct, Passover.com and all online retailer sites. Consumers can find a full list of recalled products, complete with UPC codes, package size and images by clicking here.
The recall was issued after salmonella was detected in the production line and in the liquid chocolate used to manufacture finished products in the factory where the products are made. According to Food Safety News, routine testing showed traces of Salmonella in the manufacturing area but not in food products on April 19. manufacturing area and raw material.
Amid the recall, the health ministry ordered the company to investigate the cause of the incident and take corrective action to prevent it from happening again in the future. Production at the manufacturing plant was also halted, with the Health Ministry suspending approval of the plant for three months. In a statement, Eyal Dror, CEO of Strauss Israel, said: “We will not take any risks regarding public health and due to the great confusion created among consumers, we have decided…in cooperation and in coordination with the Department of Health food authority to increase the precautionary measures already taken and expand the product recall despite the fact that there is no evidence of Salmonella in these products.”
A common foodborne illness, eating products contaminated with salmonella can cause salmonellosis. Symptoms of salmonellosis – diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever – usually occur within 12 to 72 hours and can be serious and sometimes fatal. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the Strauss Israel recall, although consumers are advised not to consume the recalled Elite brand products. Instead, products should be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund.