Hostess Brands voluntarily recalled its limited-edition Holiday White Peppermint Twinkies due to concerns that the products milk powder ingredients may be contaminated with salmonella, the Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday.
The recall is in response to a different recall issued by Blommer Chocolate Company, which produces the confectionary coating used on the Twinkies. That confectionary coating contains milk powder produced Valley Milk Products LLC, which may be contaminated with salmonella.
Salmonella was found in the company's manufacturing facility, so Valley Milk Products recalled its 50-pound bags of nonfat high heat milk powder and sweet cream buttermilk powder.
"These products are not sold directly to consumers, but are used as ingredients in a number of foods such as bakery products and distributed by brokers," the company said.
Consumers are urged to return the products to the store where they were purchased. Hostess added that original Twinkies are still safe to eat.
Palmer Candy recall
Palmer Candy Company also recalled products ranging from chocolate covered pretzels to peppermint bark, all of which contain the milk powder ingredient.
“We are truly sorry for any distress this recall causes to our retail customers and to consumers," said Marty Palmer, president of Palmer Candy Company. "We are taking this recall very seriously and truly appreciate the cooperation of our customers as we work to resolve this matter promptly.”
Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children or the elderly.
Symptoms can include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Most people who are exposed to the bacteria recover.
So far, there have been no reported illnesses associated with this recall.
For a full list of products affected by this recall visit the FDA's website.