Swanson is recalling Hungry-Man Frozen Dinners over concerns they may be contaminated with salmonella bacteria, according to a Public Health Alert from the U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

The ingredient in the Hungry-Man meals that may be contaminated with salmonella is the ranch dressing seasoning used in the mashed potatoes, FSIS said.

Michael Moss, an investigative journalist who won a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on food poisoning cases, told “CBS This Morning” that whey is a liquid byproduct derived from making cheese and Greek yogurt.

“They turn it into a powder which is something of a miracle ingredient for these companies,” Moss said. “The taste, the protein, it helps the texture, it holds things together.”

He says the problem arises when water or a bacteria, like salmonella, is also present in a factory that produces whey. This can create an issue for the company using that whey as an ingredient, Moss said.

The new TV dinner recall is for the Hungry Man Chipotle BBQ Sauced Boneless Chicken Wyngz dinner with a best by date of Sept. 6, 2019. The recalled dinners were shipped to stores in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

If you purchased any products affected by the recall, you should not eat them, and either discard them immediately or return them to the point of purchase for a refund.

To date, no salmonella infections or other adverse events have been linked to the recall, FSIS said.

Source: Miami Herald

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