Candy Recalled Nationwide for Deadly Salmonella Risk

( – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a recall for more than 30 lines of candy. The products have been shipped to major retailers across the US — but they could be contaminated with the potentially deadly salmonella bacteria. The problem first appeared in May, but it looks like it’s bigger than anyone thought.

On May 6, The FDA reported on a recall for two own-brand snack products sold by the Hy-Vee supermarket chain, warning that they might be infected with salmonella. That recall affected eight southern and midwestern states. Now the agency is reporting issued a new, much larger recall — because the source of the original contamination is a third-party manufacturer that supplies a lot of companies.

It’s now emerged that the contaminated products are made by the Palmer Candy Company of Sioux City, Iowa. Palmer says the company that supplies it with liquid coatings used on its candies told them that one of its suppliers had delivered a batch of ingredients that could have been contaminated with salmonella. Salmonella bacteria are the most common cause of food poisoning — and in severe cases, it can prove fatal. Over 1.3 million people a year suffer from salmonella poisoning in the US, and more than 400 of them die.

In total, 34 products are affected by the recall, with the full list available on the FDA website. They include pretzels, cookies, and peanut butter snacks as well as the original two, a cheese spread, and a cookies and cream mix. Palmer candy is often sold under different brand names. As well as Hy-Vee, retailers affected by the recall include Walmart, Target, and Dollar General. Products have also been sent to distributors in at least 17 states, mostly in the south and midwest but also including California and Pennsylvania. Anyone who has any of the affected candy should take it back to the store for a full refund.

Copyright 2024,