Salmonella Recall Map Shows Nationwide Affect

( – Over two dozen candy goods are being recalled over potential contamination with the bacteria Salmonella. The FDA issued the recall for Palmer Candy Company products listed as “White Coated Confectionery Items” on May 6.

The recall bulletin explained that the manufacturer of the candy coating for the sweets alerted the company that there was a potential problem.

The products subjected to the recall were available at Dollar General Store, Target, Hy-Vee, and Walmart stores across 17 states including: Wyoming, Wisconsin, Virginia, Texas, South Dakota, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Oregon, North Dakota, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Illinois, Florida, California, and Alabama.

Production of the products has been halted until the source of the issue can be identified and dealt with.

Anyone with the impacted products is advised to discard them or return them to wherever they were bought. Anyone with questions is invited to contact Palmer Candy at this number (1-800-831-0828).

Salmonella is a bacterial infection frequently responsible for food poisoning symptoms. The gamut can run from fever and cramps to nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. The infection is normally cleared by the body without medical intervention, but it can pose a significant threat to small children, the elderly, or anyone with a compromised immune system. In extreme and rare cases, the disease can cause arthritis symptoms and cardiovascular disease or death.

The FDA advised that thus far, no one has reported illnesses from ingesting any of the products listed in the recall.

Salmonella contaminating the food supply is incredibly common. Earlier in May, Schnucks and Hy-Vee also recalled several cream cheese products across several states for the same reason. Two varieties of their cream cheese spread and a mixture containing similar ingredients were recalled on May 6. The cause wasn’t established in the bulletin.

Salmonella causes roughly one million incidents of food poisoning in the U.S. every year and can contaminate all kinds of food products, from meat and cheese to candy and produce.

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