A big candy recall is happening due to potential salmonella contamination, and it might affect folks who live in Texas. Here’s everything you need to know to keep safe and make sure your candy stash is free from any nasty surprises.

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The Recall Announcement

More than two dozen candy lines are being pulled from shelves over fears they might be contaminated with salmonella. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued the recall for a bunch of sweet snacks, including caramel pretzels and cookies. These goodies were shipped nationwide to big stores like Walmart, Hy-Vee, Dollar General, and Target. If you live in New Mexico, Texas, or Arizona, you definitely want to check your pantry.

Salmonella is a pretty common cause of food poisoning, bringing on symptoms like diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps. Most people recover in about a week, but it can be dangerous for older folks and those with weaker immune systems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Initial Concerns and Expansion

The first warning came in early May when Hy-Vee voluntarily recalled its "To Go Cookies & Cream Mix" and "Whipped Cream Cheese Spread" due to potential contamination from an unnamed third-party manufacturer. This recall got serious last week when the FDA labeled it a "Class I" health risk, meaning these products could cause serious health issues or even death. Thankfully, no illnesses have been reported so far, but this was just the tip of the iceberg.

Newsweek reported that this was part of a bigger issue involving the Palmer Candy Company. The FDA found out that over 30 items sold by major retailers could be contaminated. This affects multiple states, including New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona, so residents need to be extra careful and return any affected products.

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Affected Products and Actions to Take

Palmer Candy Company got the heads-up about the contamination from their liquid coating supplier, who discovered a potentially contaminated ingredient. Production of these products has been paused while the FDA and the company investigate the source of the problem. The FDA has listed all the affected products and their best-by dates.

If you bought any of these items, take them back to the store for a full refund. Here’s the full list of recalled products:

  • CARAMEL SWIRL PRETZELS 4oz: Best by 12/18/24-12/28/24
  • CARAMEL SWIRL PRETZELS 6oz: Best by 12/19/24, 12/20/24 and 1/19/25
  • CLASSIC YOGURT PRETZELS 28#: Best by 12/11/24 – 1/8/25
  • COOKIES & CREAM YUMMY CHOW 14#: Best by 12/6/24 – 1/23/25
  • ENROBED PRETZEL RODS 8oz: Best by 1/22/2025
  • FAVORITE DAY BAKERY WHITE FUDGE MINI COOKIES 7oz: Best by 4/4/25, 4/5/25, 4/15/25 - 4/18/25
  • FROSTED MUNCHY MEDLEY BOWL 15oz: Best by 1/3/2025
  • FROSTED PATRIOT FROSTED PRETZELS 28#: Best by 1/2/25, 1/3/25
  • FROSTED PRETZELS 6oz: Best by 1/23/2025
  • MUNCHY MEDLEY 15#: Best by 12/14/24, 1/3/25
  • MUNCHY MEDLEY 4oz: Best by 12/25/24 – 12/28/24 and 1/19/25
  • MUNCHY MEDLEY TO GO 4oz: Best by 12/25/24 – 1/19/25
  • MUNCHY MEDLEY 6oz: Best by 12/20/24, 4/25/25
  • PATRIOTIC MUNCHY MEDLEY BOWL 15oz: Best by 1/19/2025
  • PATRIOTIC PRETZELS 14oz: Best by 1/25/25, 1/26/25
  • PATRIOTIC PRETZELS 6oz: Best by 1/19/2025
  • PATRIOTIC RED, WHITE & BLUE PRETZEL TWISTS 14oz: Best by 12/13/24 - 1/15/25
  • PATRIOTIC SNACK MIX 13oz: Best by 1/19/25 - 2/1/25
  • PATRIOTIC WHITE FUDGE COOKIES 13.5oz: Best by 4/22/2025
  • PATRIOTIC WHITE FUDGE COOKIES 7oz: Best by 4/23/25, 4/24/25
  • PEANUT BUTTER SNACK MIX 12oz: Best by 11/13/24 – 12/22/24
  • PEANUT BUTTER SNACK MIX TO GO 4.5oz: Best by 1/18/2025
  • SNACKIN' WITH THE CREW! MIZZOU MUNCHY MEDLEY 7oz: Best by 12/18/24, 12/19/24
  • SNACKIN' WITH THE CREW! TIGER TREATS 7oz: Best by 12/18/24, 12/19/24
  • STAR SNACKS CHOW DOWN 25#: Best by 12/6/24, 12/7/24
  • STRAWBERRY YOGURT COATED PRETZELS 10oz: Best by 1/5/25, 1/23/25
  • SWEET SMILES YOGURT COVERED PRETZELS 3.25oz: Best by 12/18/24 - 1/4/25
  • VANILLA YOGURT COVERED PRETZELS 10oz: Best by 12/18/24, 1/5/25, 1/22/25
  • YOGURT PRETZEL 14#: Best by 12/14/24 - 12/21/24
  • ZEBRA FUDGE COOKIES 7oz: Best by 3/20/25 – 4/30/25
  • DRIZZLED CARAMEL CORN 5oz: Best by 1/22/2025
  • DRIZZLED CARAMEL CORN SNACK MIX BOWL 12oz: Best by 1/22/2025

For any questions or concerns, you can contact Palmer Candy Company at 1-800-831-0828, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Stay safe, Southwest! Make sure to check your candy stash and avoid any of the recalled products. If you have any of them, return them right away to avoid any health risks associated with salmonella contamination.

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