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Quaker Oats recalls more products due to possible salmonella contamination – The Seattle Times

The Quaker Oats Co. this week added more products to a recall that began last month due to possible salmonella contamination, bringing the total number of products to more than 60.

Quaker Oats, owned by PepsiCo, initially recalled 43 products, including granola bars, cereals and various snacks. On Thursday, the company added 24 products to the list.

Newly recalled items include Quaker Chewy Granola Bars, Gatorade Protein Bars, Cap'n Crunch Bars, Quaker Simply Granola Cereals, Gamesa Marias Cereal and other cereals.

“To date, Quaker has not received any confirmed reports of illness associated with the products affected by this recall,” the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in December. It is unclear whether any illnesses have been reported since then.

It was not immediately clear how the possible contamination occurred or how or when it first came to the attention of federal regulators or the company. Quaker Oats did not immediately respond to a request for comment Saturday.

On its website, the company listed the recalled products and offered the option to request a refund.

Customers should check their pantries for the products and discard them, the FDA said.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or older adults, and people with weakened immune systems.

Common symptoms of salmonella include fever, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea, which may be bloody. According to the FDA, in rare cases salmonella can enter the bloodstream and lead to more serious illnesses such as infected arteries.

People exposed to the disease typically begin feeling sick six hours to six days later. Most infections are mild and last between four and seven days.

Other recent recalls related to salmonella affected a variety of foods such as vegetables, fruits and meat. At least two people died in a salmonella outbreak linked to melons that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced in November.

According to the CDC, salmonella bacteria cause about 1.35 million infections, 26,500 hospitalizations and 420 deaths each year in the United States.

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