Monday, July 6, 2009

Malt-O-Meal Company Conducts Voluntary Recall of Maple & Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal Due To Possible Health Risk

Malt-O-Meal Company is voluntarily recalling “Maple & Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal” and “Maple & Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal” packets sold in “Variety” cartons, with carton date codes between June 30, 2009 and October 28, 2010 because it contains instant non-fat dry milk manufactured by the Plainview Milk Products Cooperative. Plainview has recently commenced a recall of instant non-fat dry milk and other ingredients that have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The product affected by this recall includes single-serve packets of “Maple & Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal” and “Maple & Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal” packets sold in “Variety” cartons distributed nationally under a variety of brands in cartons of 6 to 15 packets. Brands include Cub Foods, Diamond Crystal, Fastco, Flavorite, Foodland, Good ‘n Hearty, Hearty Traditions, Hy-Top, IGA, Mom’s Best Natural, Megaroons, Millville, Our Family, Richfood, Shop ‘n Save and Smart Menu.

Image for 'Best if used by' label dated March 10, 2010

Consumers should look on the product cartons for carton date codes that are between June 30, 2009 (which would be printed as “JUN3009”) and October 28, 2010 (which would be printed as “OCT2810”). These dates are usually printed as the first seven characters of a 15-character string as illustrated in the accompanying illustration.

The affected products include the following:

Product Name UPC Code Carton Date Codes
CUB Foods Flavor Variety Instant Oatmeal (13.7 oz) 00041130473081 JUL3109 – JAN0210
CUB Foods Maple & Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal (15.1 oz) 00041130473098 JUL0609 – FEB2010
Diamond Crystal Instant Oatmeal Assorted Flavors (55.6 oz) 00719098576570 OCT2309 – JUL0610
FASTCO Instant Oatmeal Maple & Brown Sugar (15.1 oz) 00021333060158 JUL0709 – JUL0810
FASTCO Instant Oatmeal Variety Pack (13 oz) 00021333060226 AUG2609 – JUN0710
Flavorite Flavor Variety Instant Oatmeal (13.7 oz) 00041130026379 JUL1009 – FEB2310
Flavorite Maple & Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal (15.1 oz) 00041130026355 JUL0609 – MAR2010
Foodland Maple & Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal (15.1 oz) 00041130364655 JUL1109
Good 'N Hearty Grains Microwavable Variety Pack Instant Oatmeal (13 oz) 00029906119647 JUL1209 – OCT0510
Good & Hearty Grains Microwavable Variety Pack Instant Oatmeal (10.7 oz) 00029906119777 JUL2409 – MAR0510
IGA Instant Oatmeal Maple & Brown Sugar (15.1 oz) 00041270016629 JUL0709 – JUL0810
Malt-O-Meal Hearty Traditions Maple & Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal (48
1.51 oz pkts /box)
00042400048305 OCT2309 – JUL0710
Malt-O-Meal Hearty Traditions Instant Oatmeal Variety Pack (48 1.25 oz
pkts/case)
00042400046523 OCT2409 – MAY2910
Megaroons Instant Oatmeal Variety Pack (12.4 oz) 00699430210525 JUL1709
Millville Instant Oatmeal Made with Whole Grain Oats (15.1 oz) Maple &
Brown Sugar
00041498149628 JUL0409 – JUN2610
Millville Instant Oatmeal Made with Whole Grain Oats Variety Pack (15.1 oz) 00041498037796 JUL0709 – JUN2610
Mom's Best Natural Maple & Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal (22.7 oz) 00042400008781 MAR0610 – MAY0110
Mom's Best Natural Instant Oatmeal (9.0 oz) 00042400079408 MAR0510 – MAR0610
Mom's Best Natural Instant Oatmeal (14.2 oz) 00042400015215 MAR0610 – APR2810
Mom's Best Natural Instant Oatmeal (21.3 oz) 00042400008811 MAR0510 – MAY0810
Mom's Best Natural Maple & Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal (15.2 oz) 00042400015123 MAR0610 – APR2610
Our Family Instant Oatmeal Maple & Brown Sugar (15.1 oz) 00070253298226 JUL1109 – SEP1010
Our Family Instant Oatmeal Variety Pack (13.7 oz) 00070253298288 JUL1209 – JUN0710
Premium Hy-Top Quality Maple & Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal (15.1 oz) 00050700259420 NOV1409 – SEP1010
Premium Hy-top Quality Variety Pack Instant Oatmeal (13.7 oz) 00050700553016 SEP1609 – JUN0610
Richfood Maple & Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal (15.1 oz) 00011166029507 JUL0709 – FEB1910
Richfood Flavor Variety Instant Oatmeal (13.7 oz) 00011166029736 JUL1609 – JAN2110
Shop 'N Save Maple & Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal (15.1 oz) 00041130355752 JUL0609 – MAR2910
Shop 'N Save Flavor Variety Instant Oatmeal (13.7 oz) 00041130355776 JUL1009 – FEB2310
Smart Menu Instant Oatmeal Variety Pack (99.3 oz) 00042400058922 JUL1709 – AUG2210

Consumers also can refer to the comprehensive list of affected products here or at www.momsbestnaturals.com/oatmeal-news/details.php. Consumers who have purchased affected products should not consume them and are urged to return them to their place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-877-665-9331 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Central time.

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