US cereal manufacturer Malt-O-Meal has announced that it is voluntarily recalling its unsweetened puffed rice and puffed wheat cereals due to potential salmonella contamination.


Products with “best if used by” dates from 8 April 2008 to 18 March 2009 are believed to be affected, and include brands under the Malt-O-Meal range, including Acme , Giant , Shaw’s, America’s Choice and Food Club, amongst others.


The recall was initiated after the company’s internal routine food safety testing detected the presence of salmonella in a product produced on 24 March.


The company said an investigation into the source of the salmonella has determined a root cause of this situation and “corrective measures have been taken to ensure that there is no reoccurrence of this issue”.


Symptoms of salmonella can include fever, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection can be potentially life threatening.


No illnesses have been reported to date.