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Malt-O-Meal, other cereals recalled

Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2008

JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is warning consumers to check their pantries for certain cereals due to a risk of salmonellosis.

The cereals to look for are Malt-O-Meal, Acme, America's Choice, Food Club, Giant, Hannaford, Jewel, Laura Lynn, Pathmark, Shaw's, ShopRite, Tops and Weise Quality Unsweetened Puffed Rice and Wheat Cereals in 6-ounce, 12-ounce and 16-ounce bags.

The bags have a "Best if Used By" date ranging from April 8 to March 18, 2009. These products were shipped nationwide and have been found in Alaska.

No illnesses or injuries have been reported, according to a DEC statement.

People with salmonellosis, a common form of food poisoning, may experience symptoms such as fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, a salmonella infection can result in more severe illnesses, some potentially life-threatening. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician immediately.

Consumers who have purchased any products covered by this recall are urged to discard them or to return them to the place of purchase.

For more about the recall, contact the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation's Food Safety and Sanitation Program at 1-877-233-3663, or visit www.dec.state.ak.us/eh/fss/recalls/food_recalls.html.

A comprehensive listing of affected products can be found at www.malt-o-meal.com/recallinfo.



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