Publix grocery stores are pulling certain store-brand pancake and waffle mixes from their shelves in Alabama and several other states after being notified by a supplier that the milk powder used as an ingredient may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria.
The recalled products include 16-ounce boxes of Publix Premium Banana-Flavored Chocolate Chip Pancake & Waffle Mix (4141503503), Publix Premium Pumpkin Pancake & Waffle Mix (4141503703), and Publix Premium Blueberry Flavored Pancake & Waffle Mix (4141503603). The numbers are Global Trade Identification Numbers (GTINs) and are located near the bar code on the product packaging.
The Lakeland, Fla.-based grocery chain operates hundreds of stores throughout the Southeast. Products affected by the recall have been sold in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
Publix Super Markets announced the recall on Wednesday and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) followed with a recall announcement on Thursday.
“As part of our commitment to food safety, potentially impacted product has been removed from all store shelves,” a Publix spokesperson said in a statement posted with the recall notice. “To date, there have been no reported cases of illness. Consumers who have purchased the product in question may return the product to their local store for a full refund.”
Salmonella bacteria can cause foodborne illness with symptoms of diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. Most individuals recover without treatment, but the elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to develop a severe illness, the FDA says. In some cases, diarrhea may be so severe that the patient requires hospitalization.
Publix customers seeking additional information about the recall or related issues may call the company’s customer service department at 800-242-1227 or visit publix.com.