Potato chip maker, Frito-Lay is recalling all of their chips made with jalapeno seasoning over salmonella fears. It has been found that a supplier of Frito-Lay may have given them seasoning that contains salmonella bacteria.
Salmonellosis is a type of food poisoning caused by the Salmonella enterica bacterium. There are many different kinds of these bacteria. Salmonellaserotype Typhimurium and Salmonella serotype Enteritidis are the most common types in the United States.
Salmonellosis is more common in the summer than in the winter. Children are the most likely to get salmonellosis. Young children, older adults, and people who have impaired immune systems are the most likely to have severe infections.
This can happen in the following ways:
- Food may be contaminated during food processing or food handling.
- Food may become contaminated by the unwashed hands of an infected food handler. A frequent cause is a food handler who does not wash his or her hands with soap after using the bathroom.
- Salmonella may also be found in the feces of some pets, especially those with diarrhea. You can become infected if you do not wash your hands after contact with these feces.
- Reptiles, baby chicks and ducklings, and small rodents such as hamsters are particularly likely to carry Salmonella. You should always wash your hands immediately after handling one of these animals, even if the animal is healthy. Adults should also be careful that children wash their hands after handling reptiles, pet turtles, baby chicks or ducklings, or small rodents.
Beef, poultry, milk, and eggs are most often infected with salmonella. But vegetables may also be contaminated. Contaminated foods usually look and smell normal.
According to the FDA, salmonella was not actually discovered in the seasoning, but the company is issuing the recall out of ‘an abundance of caution’.