Hostess Twinkies Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination
Hostess has issued a voluntary recall of its Holiday White Peppermint Twinkies due to a possible salmonella contamination of the products’ sugar coating. The product was distributed throughout California and to supermarkets and convenience stores nationwide. The company said it applies only to White Peppermint Twinkies with the label UPC 888109111571 sold in multipack boxes. The Blommer Chocolate Company, a Chicago based business that produced the candy coating, announced that the milk powder ingredient used to manufacture the coating may be contaminated with salmonella. To date, none of the product has tested positive for salmonella, and no illnesses have been reported. No other Hostess products have been affected. Consumers are advised not to consume them and return to the place of purchase for a full refund.
According to the Center for Disease Control, salmonella has been estimated to cause more than one million food-borne illnesses per year in the US. Most who become infected develop symptoms from 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness can last from four to seven days and many people can recover without treatment. Some cases can be severe and require hospitalization.
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