Food distributors across the country announced on Thursday they are recalling nonfat dry milk, cocoa and other products that are linked to a possible salmonella contamination at a Plainview, Minn., milk processor.
The Food and Drug Administration said late last month that Plainview Milk Products Cooperative was recalling instant nonfat dried milk, whey protein, fruit stabilizers and food thickening agents that it made over the past two years because they might be contaminated with salmonella.
Salmonella can cause serious infections, especially in children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems. FDA spokeswoman Stephanie Kwisnek said on Thursday "there are no illnesses that we are aware of" and the agency is tracking distribution of the products.
The FDA has said none of Plainview's products were sold directly to the public. But the company sold their products to other distributors, who distributed them further, and also to manufacturers, who may have used them in their products, Kwisnek said.
Retailer Meijer announced on Thursday it was recalling Meijer Brand Instant Nonfat Dry Milk, sold in Meijer stores in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.
CPI Foods Inc., of Dallas, recalled about 15,000 packets of nonfat dry milk. The company said the packets are parts of CPI Foods shelf-stable meal kits distributed to community service companies in Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, West Virginia, North Carolina, Nevada and Kentucky.
Precision Foods Inc. of St. Louis said it was recalling certain Madagascar Vanilla cocoa. The recalled cocoa product is labeled as Land O Lakes International Drinking Cocoa "Madagascar Vanilla." It was distributed nationally in retail stores and through mail orders, the company said.
Also announced Thursday was a recall by NOW Foods for products containing whey protein concentrate. McClancy Seasoning Co. recalled Alba instant nonfat dry milk products and various Alba snack shake mixes.
On Wednesday, East Coast grocery chains Giant Food and Stop & Shop also issued recalls of some of their dried milk products.