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Twinkies Linked to Salmonella

Posted On 01/13/17

If you still have a box of Hostess limited–edition Holiday White Peppermint Twinkies in your pantry, do not eat them.   Hostess has just recalled the multipack boxes, with nine cakes in each, because the outside coating may be contaminated with Salmonella.  Hostess does not make the coating; it contracted with Blommer Chocolate Co., which used a milk powder believed to be the source of the contamination.  That powder was made by Valley Milk Products LLC, and it is also used in other confectionaries in the US.  Those products, too, may be contaminated.  Salmonella was found at the Valley Milk Products plant in both its sweet cream buttermilk powder and its high heat nonfat dry milk powder.  Consumers are urged to throw out these specific Twinkies or return them to the store for a refund.  None of the other Hostess products, including the beloved original Twinkies, are being recalled.

The recall announcement for Twinkies is just one of many announced by the Food and Drug Administration in connection with an expanding recall of milk powder ingredients produced by Valley Milk Products. The recalled products have been shipped to dozens of states nationwide.  See below for the full list of recalled items.  The milk powder products are not sold directly to consumers but are used as ingredients in a number of other foods.  No one has reported getting sick from these products, but exposure to salmonella can result in diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever.  While most people who are exposed to the salmonella bacteria recover, even without treatment, for those with compromised immune systems, for example due to chemotherapy, this kind of infection can be much more serious and require hospitalization. Infants and the elderly can also have a hard time fighting off these infections.

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury related to eating or drinking a contaminated product, please contact us for a free case evaluation with one of our Phoenix defective product lawyers Our firm has successfully handled other cases of contaminated food products, including bagged spinach and formula thickeners, recovering significant amounts for our clients.  We can help you get the compensation you deserve.

Author: Serena C. Montague
Publication Date: January 13, 2017

The full list of recalls: