Deep River Snacks is committed to producing "better-for-you" snacks and donating to charity — and, apparently, protecting its reputation as well as the wellbeing of its customers, as the company has issued a voluntary recall of one product after learning it may be affected by salmonella. To find out which Deep River Snacks chips were recalled, read on, as it's not a long list or a particularly concerning story. Essentially, the company opted to pull certain Sour Cream & Onion Kettle Chips from supermarket shelves after learning from an ingredient supplier that the buttermilk powder that helps make up the recipe for the seasoning could sicken customers if it's consumed.
Update: In an email to Romper, a Deep Rivers Snacks spokesperson wrote the following: "Even though testing showed an absence of any pathogens, our commitment to ensuring the safety of our consumers requires that we use an abundance of caution. Our team has been working 24/7 with our distribution network since we were alerted to this potential issue, and we’ve made a tremendous amount of progress in reclaiming and destroying the relevant batches of Sour Cream & Onion chips."
According to the Centers for Disease Control, salmonella most frequently causes diarrhea, with most people who are infected recovering on their own without treatment. But children, elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems can end up with more severe infections, so knowing what do if you've purchased one of these products is definitely still a good idea.
Three different iterations of the potentially tainted product were distributed throughout the United States. A company representative did not respond to Romper's request for comment or an update on the recall situation, which was announced publicly Dec. 10.
Here's the list of the UPC numbers and best by dates to look out for, according to the company's website, all of which are associated with the sour cream and onion flavor:
2-oz. bag, UPC number: 850668000498, Best by: dates Nov. 9, 2016-June 2, 2017
5-oz. bag, UPC number: 850668000993, Best by dates: Nov. 9, 2016-June 1, 2017
5-oz bag, UPC number: 850668000993, Best by dates: Nov. 5, 2016-April 13, 2017
It's important to note that, as of Sunday, there were not reports of illnesses associated with the Deep River Snacks products, and that the company issued the recall "out of an abundance of caution." As part of this voluntary, precautionary measure, the company is encouraging consumers who have these affected snacks in their pantries to contact them at 860-434-7347 during normal business hours, or to get in touch with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration at 1-888-723-3366.
"The health and safety of our consumers is always our top priority," Deep River Snacks founder and CEO Jim Goldberg said in a statement. "Although we haven’t found any contaminants in either our seasonings or our finished products, we are taking great precautions to protect our customers."
This is a clear instance of a company deciding it's better to be safe than sorry. Soon, it will likely be safe to resume munching.