Malt-O-Meal, Puffed Rice Cereal Recalled For Salmonella

The FDA says that recently recalled Malt-O-Meal and Puffed Rice cereals (including some store brands) may be connected to 23 salmonella illnesses in 14 states.

The recalled products were distributed nationally under the Malt-O-Meal brand name as well as under private label brands including Acme, America’s Choice, Food Club, Giant, Hannaford, Jewel, Laura Lynn, Pathmark, Shaw’s, ShopRite, Tops and Weis Quality. The cereals have “Best If Used By” dates from April 8, 2008 (coded as “APR0808”) through March 18, 2009 (coded as “MAR1809”).

Consumers should throw out any product in their homes from these recalled lots.

You can see a list of the recalled products by clicking here.

Salmonella Illnesses in Multiple States Linked To Cereal [FDA]


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  1. timmus says:

    Once again, I am the lone voice asking what the hell this bacteria strain is doing in this kind of food.

  2. B says:

    @timmus: You’re not the only one. I’m wondering the same thing.

  3. Sasquatch says:

    @timmus: My guess would be cross-contamination from some other source at the factory. But it still sounds weird.

  4. DeadlySinz says:

    Isn’t all common for that type of food. it is really strange

  5. Sndtrkman says:

    Well you have to think too, who in their right mind would eat this type of food?

  6. BloggyMcBlogBlog says:

    How do you get salmonella in packing material?

  7. marsneedsrabbits says:

    I never knew salmonella could “infect” dry food.

  8. SexCpotatoes says:

    There’s chicken poop in the cereal!

  9. Greasy Thumb Guzik says:

    This one is a lot worse than the last Malt-O-Meal cereal recall.
    That one was because there was too much iron added to the cereal.

  10. flowergirl says:

    I went to college in a town that has a Malt-o-Meal factory (not the only one, I’m guessing, but wouldn’t know). It is a very small town in MN. It also has a very large turkey farm on the edge of town. Depending on prevailing winds, the breeze would either be scented with fake apply-cinnamon smell or turkey poop. Wonder if that accounts for the cross contamination? ;-)

  11. ahursh says:

    @ flowergirl

    ah, northfield, MN. are you an ole or a carl?

  12. flowergirl says:

    a carl. and you?
    oh, for the halcyon malt-o-meal scented days of yore.

  13. Grrrrrrr, now with two buns made of bacon. says:

    Mmmm….Salmonil-O’s…part of a nutritious breakfast!

  14. bohemian says:

    I would really like to know how dry cereal gets salmonella contamination. I am only guessing that the pancake mix maybe had some sort of dried egg product in it that carried salmonella. But the cereal is cooked and I don’t think any sort of egg or dairy product is involved in puffed rice.

  15. tricky69 says:

    The bush admin strikes again!

  16. cmdrsass says:

    @tricky69: dailykos is that way —->>

  17. theblackdog says:

    Clearly they took a page from Krusty the Klown


  18. Crrusherr says:

    what exactly is “puffed” rice?
    how does the rice get puffed?

  19. ByeBye says:

    @Sndtrkman: ME apparently. And my kids too. Maybe this explains why I got so sick a couple weeks ago – I thought it was bad COOKED meat, but I dunno know. Is there any word of a class action suit?

  20. tricky69 says:

    @cmdrsass: Snark is that way ^

  21. forgottenpassword says:

    dodged a bullet on THAT one! I have two bags of Malt-o-meal “CRISPY RICE” (basically the malt-o-meal knockoff of rice crispies) in my kitchen. Whew!!!!

    btw… “crispy rice” > “Puffed Rice”

  22. Lambasted says:

    I must be the unluckiest person I know. Having not had rice puff cereal since I was a kid, for some strange reason I got the urge for them when I saw it in the grocery store. So after 20 years of being Puff-free, I buy a bag of Malt-O-Meal Golden Puffs that was likely contaminated with salmonella. Damn!!

  23. nadmonk says:

    This is precisely why I only eat raw chicken and unpasturized milk. I don’t want any of that processed junk that may have been contaminated by dirty machinery.

  24. chrisjames says:

    @flowergirl: That’s probably right or close enough. A lot of the growing fields for these food products are cluttered together or paired with animal farms. Some of the fields are so damn close that all the crap can just flow right into the crops.

    The processing and packaging parts of the product life-cycle often are very clean and not the source of contamination. A modicum of food processing is helpful for keeping some of the unavoidable nasties, like rat skulls, out of the food.

  25. Beerad says:

    Man, this is nothing. This one time, I was at the movies eating some peanut butter, and some guy dropped his chocolate bar right into my peanut butter! We got into an argument about it, but things worked out in the end.

  26. Jabberkaty says:

    Just when I thought puffed rice products couldn’t be more unsavory. Wrong again!

  27. junkmail says:

    I friggin’ HATE these recalls. We don’t have any of the exact products mentioned, but now I have to start freaking out about all Malt-O-Meal products. How much food do we have to throw away before these people get their shit in a kit and stop trying to poison us!?!?

  28. ahursh says:

    also a carl :)