Those who have purchased certain brands of cream cheese are being urged to check their refrigerators after two major grocery store chains in the Midwest recalled select products due to Salmonella contamination fears. Here’s what you need to know.

What’s happened?

Creme cheese products sold at various Hy-Vee-owned stores and Schnucks stores are being recalled due to the possibility the products may be contaminated with the Salmonella bacteria.

In addition to the cream cheese products, a Cookies & Cream Mix product from Hy-Vee is also being recalled due to Salmonella fears.

What products are being recalled?

According to a notice posted on the website of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Hy-Vee recall includes the following products:

  • Hy-Vee Whipped Cream Cheese Spread – 8 oz. with a UPC code of 0075450096132 and Use By/Best By of 8/7/2024; 8/14/2024.
  • Hy-Vee Cream Cheese Spread – 12 oz. with a UPC code of 0075450096120 and Use By/Best By of 10/1/2024
  • Hy-Vee To Go Cookies & Cream Mix – 4 oz. with a UPC code of 0075450486740 and Use By/Best By of 12/5/2024. The lot number is 24073.
  • Hy-Vee To Go Cookies & Cream Mix – 4 oz. with a UPC code of 0075450486740 and Use By/Best By of 12/1/2024. The lot number is 24101.
  • Hy-Vee To Go Cookies & Cream Mix – 4 oz. with a UPC code of 0075450486740 and Use By/Best By of 12/5/2024. The lot number is 24117.
  • Hy-Vee Cookies & Cream Mix – 16 oz. with a UPC code of 0075450486730 and Use By/Best By of 12/5/2024. The lot number is 24073.
  • Hy-Vee Cookies & Cream Mix – 16 oz. with a UPC code of 0075450486730 and Use By/Best By of 12/1/2024. The lot number is 24101.
  • Hy-Vee Cookies & Cream Mix – 16 oz. with a UPC code of 0075450486730 and Use By/Best By of 12/5/2024. The lot number is 24117.

According to a recall notice posted on Schnuck’s website, the recall includes the following products:

  • Schnucks Whip Cream Spread with a UPC code of 4131858005 and a Best By date of 8/8/2024.
  • Schnucks Strawberry Spread with a UPC code of 4131858007 and a Best By date of 9/8/2024.
  • Schnucks Cream Cheese Spread with a UPC code of 4131858023 and a Best By date of 10/8/2024.

What states are the products being recalled in?

According to Newsweek, the Hy-Vee recalls affect Hy-Vee, Hy-Vee Drugstore, Hy-Vee Fast and Fresh convenience stores, and Dollar Fresh Market stores in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

The Schnucks recall affects Schnucks locations in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin.

What is Salmonella?

It’s a bacterium that can cause infection in a person if consumed. The FDA says a Salmonella infection can be serious or even fatal, especially to people who are elderly, frail, have weakened immune systems, or are young children.

Symptoms of a Salmonella infection include nausea, vomiting, fever, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, which can be bloody.

What should I do if I have any of the recalled products?

Do not consume them. Instead, safely dispose of them or return them to their place of purchase for a full refund.

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