On December 11, 2016, TreeHouse Foods, Inc. issued a voluntary recall for three macaroni and cheese products containing a cheddar cheese seasoning that may be contaminated with Salmonella. This recall was announced following the company’s notification from their supplier that their powdered milk had the potential for Salmonella contamination.
The products affected in this recall have been distributed nationwide and you can find the full list here. The most concerning items of the recall are the Great Value Macaroni and Cheese cups – a popular and budget-friendly alternative to the Kraft brand that’s sold at Walmart.
Any customers who have purchased the contaminated products are encouraged to call 1.800.756.5781, Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m.– 6:00 p.m. (CST). A full refund for all affected products is being extended.
According to the FDA press release, a Salmonella infection can cause diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. However, the majority of individuals who contract this illness will recover without medical treatment. Nevertheless, it is recommended that you avoid contact with any foods that bear this bacterium.
As of yet, no Salmonella contaminations have been reported in relation to the consumption of the recalled product.
Regardless, take a look at your packaged mac n’ cheese products and make sure you have none that is distributed by TreeHouse Foods Inc. hidden on your shelves!