If anyone can remember back to those elementary school days when your mom still packed you a dope lunch with 3 square snacks a day - you can probably remember getting chicken nuggets, those small packs of Ritz Bits Sandwiches (not the peanut butter ones of course because... allergies) or rice in a thermos. They're delicious lunches, they're definitely not 100% nutritious - and sadly for anyone who might have just bought a box of No Name Chicken Nuggets, Ritz products or Uncle Ben rice, they're being recalled across Canada.
The recalled for Ritz was issued on July 20th after the Mondelēz Canada (the company that owns Ritz) announced that the product could be contaminated with salmonella.
The Ritz Bits Sandwiches in particular that are being recalled are the cheese and pizza flavours in the regular boxes, the snack packs and the bulk 30 packs. And according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, consumers should not consume the recalled products described below:
The No Name brand of frozen chicken products are the second product to be affected. Specifically, chicken nuggets with the expiry date May 15, 2019, that would have been sold at Maxi, Loblaws, Provigo, Axep, Intermarché, No Frills, Dominion, Real Canadian Superstore, Your Independent Grocer, valu-mart, Zehrs, Fortinos, Extra Foods, Super-Valu, Maxi, Atlantic Superstore, and Shoppers Drug Mart.
The frozen $10 Chicken Fries could also be contaminated, the unmarked ones with the expiry date March 23, 2019 marked on them. According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, at least 7 cases have been reported to date in Canada.
Another product that that may be affected is Uncle Ben's rice. As for which rice product is affected, the "Fast And Fancy Broccoli & Cheddar" and "Fast And Fancy Chicken Country" flavours are a no go.
According to the company, only a limited number of retailers in eastern Canada are impacted by the recall and they are working with them to have the product removed from store shelves.
For the barcodes affected, click here.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency advises that if you become sick after eating a contaminated food item, you should see your doctor. Salmonella bacteria causes Typhoid fever, food poisoning, gastroenteritis, enteric fever, and other illnesses according to Medical News MD.
Young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with weaker immune systems are most susceptible to contracting deadly infections. Healthier people may experience short-term symptoms such as fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.
A reminder of products to be discarded immediately:
- No Name chicken nuggets
- Unbranded $10 chicken fries
- Mini Ritz sandwiches - pizza flavour
- Mini Ritz sandwiches - cheese flavour
- Ritz Crackers with bacon and cheese
- Whole grain Ritz crackers and white cheddar
- Ritz sandwiches with cream cheese
- Swiss roll chocolate
- Uncle Ben's Broccoli & Cheddar Rice
- Uncle Ben's Country Chicken Rice
If you do have had a box or package of any of the above-mentioned products you can either throw them out, or return them back to the place that they were purchased and the store will dispose of them.