Food Withdrawn Due to Possible Contamination

Guatemalan authorities requested that the distribution company for Galletas Ritz in the country, withdraw all products due to the possible presence of Salmonella bacteria.

Friday, August 3, 2018

The Department of Service and Assistance for Consumers (Diaco) has called for Mondeléz Guatemala Ltda., Distribution company for Ritz Biscuits in the country, to verify that all Ritz Cracker Sandwiches and Rits Bits products in all their different presentations, which possibly contain Salmonella in one of its ingredients, are no longer on the market, said the institution in a statement.

See also: "Central America and the bakery business"

The Diaco explained that it is maintaining in place verification and surveillance at various points of sale in the country, guaranteeing the withdrawal of these products.

In relation to the possible contamination of these food products, reported that Kelloggs of Guatemala said in a statement that " ...The product Honey Smacks, in which the presence of dangerous salmonella was detected in the United States in June, has been totally withdrawn voluntarily in major supermarkets in the country and will be destroyed."

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