(TODAY) – The Quaker Oats Company is recalling over 90 different products, primarily granola bars and granola cereals, due to the possibility that they may be contaminated with a type of bacteria called salmonella, which can be deadly when ingested by certain at-risk groups. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the company both announced the recall on Dec. 15, sharing a list of affected products, as well as photos, codes and identifying item numbers.
Quaker recall December 2023
On Dec. 15, the FDA posted that a variety of Quaker Oats Company granola products, namely bars and cereals, were being recalled because they may have been contaminated with salmonella, a type of bacteria that normally lives in human and animal intestines and is shed through stool. In certain groups, a salmonella infection can be deadly.
The entire country is affected by the recall with the products being sold in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam and Saipan, a U.S. commonwealth. A full list of the products in the Quaker recall is below.
The company “has received no confirmed reports of illness related to the products covered by this recall,” Quaker said in a statement, adding that it informed the FDA of the recall.
Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause diarrhea, fever, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting and headache. Most people can recover from a salmonella infection without specific medical treatment within four to seven days, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
However, a salmonella infection can be more severe for infants and children under 5 years old, people 65 and over, people with weakened immune systems, and people taking certain medications, such as stomach acid reducers. In rare cases, salmonella infections can involve infection of the urine, blood, bones, joints or nervous system, including the spinal fluid and brain, leading to severe disease, according to the CDC.
List of granola bars, other products affected in Quaker recall
The complete list of products affected by the Quaker recall, along with their specific UPCs, expiration dates and photos, is available on the Quaker website.
The list includes certain varieties of:
- Quaker Big Chewy Bars of various flavors, such as chocolate chip, peanut butter chocolate chip and variety packs
- Quaker Chewy Bars of various flavors, such as chocolate chip, chocolate chip cookie dough, oatmeal raisin, dark chocolate chunk, less-sugar flavors, variety packs, and holiday minis
- Quaker Chewy Dipps of various flavors, such as chocolate chip, peanut butter, variety pack and minis
- Quaker Puffed Granola Cereal of various flavors, such as apple cinnamon and blueberry vanilla
- Quaker Simply Granola Cereal of various flavors, such as and oats, honey and almonds; and oats, honey, raisins and almonds
- A variety of snack boxes with Quaker Chewy bars, such as Quaker Chocolatey Favorites Snack Mix, Quaker On The Go Snack Mix, and Frito-Lay Snacks Variety Pack With Quaker Chewy
Affected products all have expiration dates from Oct. 1, 2024 or earlier, per the FDA.
Quaker Oats Company said in its release that no other Quaker products are affected. Anyone with the recalled products in their pantries should dispose of them.
To determine if you have purchased an affected product, enter in your product information at the Quaker granola recall website.
The company also said that people who have any of the affected products can call Quaker Consumer Relations at 1-800-492-9322 or visit the recall website for additional information or reimbursement.
Multiple salmonella outbreaks have been linked to different companies have made headlines in recent months.
In late November, a salmonella outbreak, which reportedly led to at least two deaths, was linked to multiple brands of recalled, pre-cut cantaloupe. And in October, a specific brand of sliced onions was also tied to a salmonella outbreak that sickened dozens of people.