The Aldi cream cheese recall, explained

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Aldi grocery stores have issued a recall for certain varieties of cream cheese due to potential contamination with salmonella. The decision was made out of an abundance of caution, even though no illnesses have been reported yet. The affected products include various flavors of cream cheese spread such as Whipped, Chive & Onion, Strawberry, and Plain. These products were sold in 28 states across the United States.

In addition to Aldi, Hy-Vee grocery stores have also recalled two varieties of cream cheese spread and a cookies and cream snack mix. The affected Hy-Vee products were sold in eight states and include items like Hy-Vee Whipped Cream Cheese Spread and Hy-Vee Cookies & Cream Mix.

Salmonella is a dangerous organism that can cause severe infections, especially in vulnerable populations such as young children, the elderly, and individuals with compromised immune systems. Symptoms of salmonella infection include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In some cases, it can lead to more severe illnesses like arthritis and arterial infections.

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According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, salmonella causes approximately 1.35 million illnesses and about 420 deaths in the United States each year. One of the largest salmonella outbreaks in US history occurred in 1974 on the Navajo Nation Indian Reservation due to contaminated potato salad.

Aldi has a history of product recalls, with some notable incidents including contaminated cantaloupe, stone fruits, sandwiches with plastic contamination, and beef products containing horse meat. Despite these challenges, Aldi remains a popular grocery chain with thousands of stores across the United States since its American debut in 1976.