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Instant pudding/pie mix recalled for possible Salmonella

Dawn Food Products is recalling instant pudding and pie filling mix manufactured for Dawn by a third party and implicated in a powdered milk recall by Valley Milk Products LLC due to the possible presence of Salmonella.

The recall by the Jackson, MI-based Dawn Food Products was one of four posted Thursday on FDA and USDA websites by food companies that named powdered milk from Valley Milk Products of Strasburg, VA.

recalled Dawn Food instant puddingSince Dec. 7 at least 17 companies have recalled products packaged under even more brandnames because of the potential Salmonella contamination. Valley Milk has recalled about 3 million pounds of powdered milk and powdered buttermilk — after the federal government seized 4 million pounds of the same products from the cooperative’s production plant in Strasburg.

“As a result, out of an abundance of caution, we are recalling affected items distributed by Dawn Foods, including the following items which could become available at retail locations,” according to the recall notice posted on the Food and Drug Administration’s website.

“A full list of the affected products distributed by Dawn Foods has been provided to our wholesale customers. All impacted product should be returned to the place of purchase for proper credit.”

The instant pudding products under recall by Dawn have manufacturing date ranges from May 19 through Oct. 5. The two recalled products are:

R&H Speedy Crème Instant Pudding and Pie Filling Mix 6 in 4-pound, 2-ounce bags with the product number 00727521 and any of the following lot numbers:

  • 61417130
  • 61417131
  • 61587135
  • 61587136
  • 61657130
  • 62327131
  • 62327132
  • 62567101
  • 62567102
  • 62567103
  • 62567104
  • 62817131
  • 62817132

R&H Speedy Crème Instant Pudding and Pie Filling 6 in 4-pound, 2-ounce bags with the product number 00257857 and any of the following lot numbers:

  • 61657134
  • 61657135
  • 61657132
  • 61657133
  • 62567105
  • 62567106
  • 62567107
  • 62567108
  • 62817133
  • 62817134

Anyone who has consumed any of the recalled products and developed symptoms of Salmonella infection should seek medical attention and tell their doctors about the possible exposure to the pathogen.

Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems may contract serious and sometimes deadly infections.

Healthy people may experience short-term symptoms such as fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.

Related recalls
At the request of the FDA, armed U.S. Marshals raided the Valley Milk plant on Dec. 1 and seized 4 million pounds of powdered milk and powdered buttermilk.

On Dec. 9 Valley Milk Products recalled 3.1 million pounds of powdered milk products produced and sold in the period from Dec. 5, 2015, through July 10, 2016.

While the FDA has access to company records showing who bought the recalled powdered milk, and when, it cannot publish those details because of a federal law protecting “confidential corporate information.”

In a document filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia the FDA reported environmental swabs collected at the production facility returned positive results for Salmonella.

Inspectors also found internal records at Valley Milk that showed the company itself had found Salmonella in the facility and in finished products.

For additional details on other recalls related to the Valley Milk Products problems with Salmonella, please see:

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