Recall round-up: MoonPies, cookies and imported cheese
September 27th, 2012
02:45 PM ET
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Food recalls are coming in fast and furious and it's often hard to keep track. This is the second in a series of recall round-ups in which we'll share the most up-to-date information on the foods you should be scrutinizing right now.

Chattanooga Bakery has voluntarily recalled its Peanut Butter Crunch MoonPie products as a precautionary measure because its peanut butter supplier, Sunland, Inc., was linked to potential Salmonella contamination. The products affected have “Best By” dates of 02/26/13, 03/25/13, and 04/29/13. Chattanooga Bakery has not been associated with any of the 29 reported illnesses in 18 states due to the Sunland product recall.

Check the cookie jar too: Whole Foods has recalled its 3-oz. peanut butter cookies and 3-oz. peanut butter chocolate chunk cookies (PLU 47963) sold in its self-serve pastry case, and its mini peanut butter cookies sold in 12-pack paper bags (PLU 22096100000) due to possible Salmonella contamination from the Sunland, Inc., peanut butter used as an ingredient as well.

The recalled cookies were sold before September 29, 2012 in Whole Foods Market stores in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.

Consumers with questions may call (512)-542-0060 during the hours of 10 am to 6 pm ET and those in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas may bring their receipt to the store of purchase for a full refund. The product should be discarded immediately.

– Fast facts on salmonella

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that people in a normal state of health who ingest Salmonella-tainted food may experience diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps, which typically begin within 12 to 72 hours. This may be accompanied by vomiting, chills, headache and muscle pains. These symptoms may last about four to seven days, and then go away without specific treatment, but left unchecked, Salmonella infection may spread to the bloodstream and beyond and may cause death if the person is not treated promptly with antibiotics.

Children, the elderly, and people with compromised immune symptoms should practice extreme caution, as salmonellosis may lead to severe illness or even death.

Read more about the nut butter recall and see a full listing of the recalled products here (PDF).


Forever Cheese Inc. has expanded its recall of all Marte brand Ricotta Salata Frescolina cheese (a product of Italy) due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The recall was originally reported on September 10, 2012, and has been linked to 15 illnesses in 12 states.

The cheese was sold to distributors for retailers and restaurants in Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Washington D.C. between September 1, 2011, and August 31, 2012.

Consumers with food safety question are encouraged to contact Jeff DiMeo at Forever Cheese and mention the recall. He is available Monday through Friday between the hours of 9am and 5pm ET at (888)-930-8693.

– Fast facts on listeria

According to the Food and Drug Administration, listeria is an organism that can cause foodborne illness. Symptoms of infection may include fever, muscle aches, gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea or diarrhea. Pregnant women and adults with weakened immune systems are at the greatest risk and most healthy adults and children rarely become seriously ill.

Consumer resources:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Food and Drug Administration's Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts
FDA Food Safety
United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety Education

More on food poisoning from CNN Health and all foodborne illness coverage on Eatocracy

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  1. joe driver

    When I was a kid (some 60 years ago) I tried some canned dog food. Soon after my mother starting making our own dog food. I also know that my dog loved watermelon.

    October 6, 2012 at 8:11 am |
  2. Thinking things through

    Yes, you can cook salmonella and it will die. While I don't eat moon pies to begin with, if you cook them, yes, salmonella will die. Hey, who knows, maybe they'll even taste edible???

    September 30, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
  3. Peter Pan

    You are never going to grow up.

    September 28, 2012 at 9:36 am |
    • William1956

      Whats wrong with that?

      September 28, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
  4. Salmonella Canteloupe

    We will get you all one day, humans. There is nowhere to hide.

    September 28, 2012 at 9:35 am |
    • Coop

      That's it. I'm boycotting Cantaloupes, even if they can't spell !

      October 1, 2012 at 10:13 am |
  5. bob

    I have to wonder...wouldn't the salmonella in the peanut butter cookies be killed by baking them? I'm just curious.

    September 28, 2012 at 8:07 am |
    • William1956

      Salmonella bacteria can survive for weeks outside a living body, and they are not destroyed by freezing.[7][8] Ultraviolet radiation and heat accelerate their demise; they perish after being heated to 55 °C (131 °F) for 90 min, or to 60 °C (140 °F) for 12 min.[9] To protect against Salmonella infection, heating food for at least ten minutes at 75 °C (167 °F) is recommended, so the centre of the food reaches this temperature.[10][11]

      September 28, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
  6. John

    Anybody else realize these recalls are reactive? I mean you have these tainted products in your house before any recall happens. Normally several people have to take ill before any investigation is done. Seems to me our food system should be more proactive then reactive.

    September 28, 2012 at 6:38 am |
    • Salmonella Canteloupe

      Heh heh, good idea. Just recall the food BEFORE any contamination is reported. Starve, humans.

      September 28, 2012 at 9:42 am |
    • SixDegrees

      And what do you propose? Testing every single cookie? Then there won't be any cookies to sell.

      The rates of contamination nowadays are exceptionally low – what's left is epidemiological evidence, which is extraordinarily sensitive these days. Note that in a case mentioned above, it was able to detect an incredibly weak signal of 15 cases of illness spread across the entire nation. It is remarkable that such a weak signal can be detected at all.

      September 30, 2012 at 4:36 am |
  7. ieeta cornbread

    Goodness. Lots of things being recalled. A while back it was pet food. I hope noone gets sick.

    September 27, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      You people who eat pet food?

      September 27, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
    • ieeta cornbread

      : ) naaah, but our two cats do. We feed them the Blue Buffalo Wilderness brand. It cost about twice as much as all the other kinds but is supposed to be super good for "em. They are good lil' friends.

      September 27, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

        When my daughter was a toddler I'd have to hide the dog food. She loved that cr@p. Do you know how disgusting a dog food burp is?

        September 27, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
        • Jerv

          Haha! Actually yeah. My dog went through a spell where I couldn't get her to eat any kind of dog food. So I tried some. Frack it is nasty. Ever try that dog "ice cream?" Barf-a-rama disgusting.

          September 28, 2012 at 8:46 am |
        • William1956

          If your dog does not like dog food try cat food.

          September 28, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
        • betthehouse77

          @William1956 – my vet warned me not to let my dog eat cat food. He said it can damage their kidneys.

          September 30, 2012 at 9:09 am |
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