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These Popular Chips Are Being Recalled Right Now

The chips could be contaminated with dangerous salmonella bacteria, according to the FDA.
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You might want to rethink that handful of chips you were considering as a snack—but it's not just their nutritional content that should give you pause. A popular potato chip company has just pulled one of its products from the market over concerns the snacks may be contaminated with dangerous bacteria, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) reports.

On August 10, the FDA announced that Ballreich Snack Food Co. was recalling its 1.5-oz., 1.75-oz., and 7-oz. packages of Ballreich's BAR-B-Q Potato Chips. The chips were sold at convenience stores and retail locations in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio and can be identified by sell-by dates of 10/18/21, 10/25/21, or 11/01/21 printed on the front of the chip bag.

Keep reading to learn more about this recall, as well as others that have recently made headlines. And for more, check out The Best & Worst Chips on Shelves in 2021—Ranked!

Ballreich's BAR-B-Q Potato Chips may contain salmonella

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The company initiated the recall after it was informed by its seasoning supplier that the products may be contaminated with salmonella, which was discovered during routine testing on behalf of the seasoning company.

At the time the recall was announced, Ballreich had received no reports of customers becoming ill after eating the recalled chips. However, the company is recommending that anyone with the chips in their possession refrain from eating them due to the potential salmonella exposure threat they pose to consumers.

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Signs of salmonella infection

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In most healthy individuals, individuals who develop a salmonella infection typically present with symptoms between six hours and six days after exposure. These symptoms frequently mimic symptoms of food poisoning, including diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); most of these symptoms resolve within a week without treatment.

In others, however—particularly newborns, older adults, and individuals with compromised immune systems—exposure to salmonella can result in more severe symptoms that require hospitalization, including arterial infections, arthritis, central nervous system issues, and endocarditis, an inflammation of the heart's lining. In rare cases, salmonella infections can be fatal.

If you bought them, you can get a refund

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If you purchased the chips and would like information regarding a refund or replacement, contact Ballreich Snack Food Co. at (800) 323-2447 on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET or email at [email protected] You can also visit the Ballreich website for more information.

Stay up-to-date on other recent food recalls

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The Ballreich's BAR-B-Q Potato Chips recall isn't the only one that's been announced this month. There's also this frozen chicken recall, a massive beef recall, and a recall of Panera Bread soups after this gross thing was found in them.

For more, check out The 100 Unhealthiest Foods on the Planet.

Sarah Crow
Sarah Crow is a senior editor at Eat This, Not That!, where she focuses on celebrity news and health coverage. Read more