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Malt-O-Meal Company Expands Recall of Maple & Brown Sugar
Instant Oatmeal to Include Additional Date Codes



Consumer contact:
Malt-O-Meal Consumer Affairs

Media contact:
Jon Austin


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Minneapolis – July 11 – Malt-O-Meal Company today expanded the previously announced recall of certain single serve packets of “Maple & Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal” packets and “Maple & Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal” packets sold in “Variety” cartons to include additional carton date codes. The recalled product contains instant non-fat dry milk manufactured by the Plainview Milk Products Cooperative that has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria.

Today’s revision includes one additional package size of Mom’s Best Natural Variety Pack and a small number of additional production dates, but does not expand the list of affected instant oatmeal brands or flavors. All affected product was packaged in cartons with date codes between June 30, 2009 and November 12, 2010.

Since its initial recall announcement on July 3, Malt-O-Meal has determined that the following additional products may be affected and are being recalled as indicated below:


Product NameUPC CodeCarton Date Codes
STCO Instant Oatmeal Maple & Brown Sugar (15.1 oz) 00021333060158JUL0709 – OCT1210
FASTCO Instant Oatmeal Variety Pack (13 oz) 00021333060226AUG2609 – OCT0710
Good 'N Hearty Grains Microwavable Variety Pack Instant Oatmeal (13 oz) 00029906119647JUL1209 – NOV1210
Mom's Best Natural Variety Pack Instant Oatmeal (9.1 oz) 00042400077282MAY0110
Mom's Best Natural Maple & Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal (15.2 oz) 00042400015123MAR0610 – MAY1010
Our Family Instant Oatmeal Variety Pack (13.7 oz) 00070253298288JUL1209 – SEP3010


An updated list of all recalled products, including this addition, is available at the website at www.momsbestnaturals.com/oatmeal-news/details.php.


Image for 'Best if used by' label dated March 10, 2010

Consumers should look on the product cartons for carton date codes that are between the revised range of dates. These dates are usually printed as the first seven characters of a 15-character string as illustrated in the accompanying illustration.


Consumers who have purchased affected products should not consume them and are urged to discard them or return them to their place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-877-665-9331 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Central time.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.



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