Eating Cap’n Crunch Peanut Butter Crunch cereal could make you sick due to the potential presence of Salmonella bacteria, U.S. officials warn.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a recall of Cap’n Crunch Peanut Butter Crunch cereal after a routine sampling by the manufacturer, the Quaker Oats Company, detected the presence of Salmonella in some of the finished products.
The good news is that the potential Salmonella contamination appears to be limited to a small batch of Cap’n Crunch cereal distributed to five Target stores in the Midwest.
According to the FDA, the recall covers 21 outstanding boxes of Cap’n Crunch’s Peanut Butter Crunch cereal with the UPC code 0 30000 6211 1 and “Best Before” dates of JUL 30 19 or JUL 31 19 purchased at the following Target and affiliated stores:
- Super Target, 4001 N 132nd St., Omaha NE 68164
- P-Fresh, 4250 Rusty Rd., Saint Louis, MO 63128
- Super Target, 10800 E 21st St. N., Wichita, KS 67206
- Super Target, 8201 S 40th St., Lincoln, NE 68516
- P-Fresh, 1040 NE Coronado, Blue Springs, MO 64014
The recall is small but the risk of Salmonella infection to children is big. While most people sickened by Salmonella recover without treatment, young children, elderly people, and anyone with a weakened immune system can experience fatal complications.
Salmonella infections are usually marked by diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and stomach cramps. If the bacteria get into the bloodstream, the infected person may develop more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (infected aneurysms), endocarditis, and arthritis.
The FDA urges consumers who have purchased the recalled Cap’n Crunch cereal to avoid eating it. The product should be thrown out or returned to the store of purchase for a refund. Questions about the recall should be directed to 800-234-6281, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (EST). More information can be found at cu.pepsico.com/capncrunch.