A recall has been issued for roughly 168 cases of Cinnamon Toast Crunch Bowlpaks, which are single-serving packages used in food service establishments that may be contaminated with salmonella, posing a particularly serious health risk for younger children who could suffer more severe consequences from the infection.
The Cinnamon Toast Crunch Bowlpaks recall was announced on June 3, after the manufacturer was alerted by a supplier that a particular ingredient used in the cereal may be tainted with salmonella.
Although no complaints or adverse health effects have been reported to date, the FDA has classified it as a class I food recall, meaning the agency believes there is a probability of serious injury or death that could result from salmonella food poisoning after eating the recalled Cinnamon Toast Crunch bowlpaks.
The recall includes only the General Mills single-serve, reduced-sugar Cinnamon Toast Crunch Bowlpak’s with “Better if Used By” dates of August 21, 2013 displayed on the packaging as 31AUG2013 and September 2, 2013 displayed on the packaging as 02SEP2013. The bowlpaks were sold individually at various food service establishments and by food service operators. No other General Mills products are part of the recall.
The risk of serious illness from salmonella infection is a particular concern among young children, who the product is mostly marketed for, as well as the elderly, because of their weaker immune systems.
Symptoms of salmonella poisoning usually consist of fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. While these symptoms typically resolve in a few days for healthy individuals, if the bacteria enters the blood stream, it can cause more severe side effects such as infected aneurysms, endocarditis, and arthritis.
lead to severe adverse health consequences or even death.
The FDA recommends that consumers and foodservice operators with the recalled product dispose of it and contact General Mills toll-free at 1-800-328-114 for a replacement.