A nationally-distributed powdered milk product has been recalled because of the possibility of salmonella contamination.
Plainview Milk Products Cooperative, Plainview, Minn., is voluntarily recalling a variety of products that it has manufactured over the past two years. The company sells these products to other industry customers, including distributors and manufacturers, who may have incorporated them into their own products. None of Plainview's products were sold directly to the public.
The powdered milk product is an element of many other products, such as instant hot drinks or cereals and those manufacturers and distributors have started issuing voluntary recalls in response to the danger to consumers.
The FDA is working with these companies, which include Malt-O-Meal and LA Weight Loss, to remove the potentially contaminated products from the marketplace. The powdered milk may be found in dessert toppings, sauce mixes, hot drink mixes, oatmeal and candy.
Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.
A searchable database of the recalled products is available at http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/Milk/ .