ucm486933WBY Foods of Marblehead, MA, is recalling its Chappaqua Crunch Simply Granola with Blueberries & Bananas, in 13-ounce packages, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. The recalled pouches of Chappaqua Crunch Simply Granola with Blueberries & Bananas were distributed in retail stores in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia, No. Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida and to consumers through mail order. The product comes in a 13-ounce clear plastic pouch and marked with best by dates on the back. The recall includes best by dates beginning with Feb. 5, 2016, and ending with May 31, 2016. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem, according to the recall notice on the Food and Drug Administration website. The potential for contamination was noted after our supplier informed us that the bananas in the granola may be contaminated with Salmonella. At that time, the recalled ingredient had been used in production. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.   (To sign up for a free subscription to Food Safety News, click here.)