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Hostess Recalls Holiday Twinkies for Possible Salmonella

January 10, 2017, 11:12 PM UTC
Last Shipment Of Hostess Twinkies Arrives In Chicago Area Stores
CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 11: Hostess snacks are offered for sale at a Jewel-Osco grocery store on December 11, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Jewel-Osco grocery store chain purchased the last shipment of 20,000 boxes of Hostess products and put them on sale in their stores throughout the Chicago area today. Hostess Brands Inc. shut down its baking operations and began liquidating assets last month after failing to negotiate a labor contract with Workers with the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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In the off chance you actually have holiday-themed snacks left over, it might be wise to skip the Twinkies.

Hostess Brands issued a voluntary recall of its limited edition Holiday White Peppermint Twinkies on Monday over possible Salmonella contamination, according to the Federal Department of Agriculture. Although no illnesses have been reported yet, nor have any of the products tested positive yet for Salmonella, Hostess has initiated the recall “out of an abundance of caution,” the recall release read. The recall applies solely to White Peppermint Twinkies sold in multipack boxes, with nine per box.

Hostess is primarily concerned that the confectionary coating of the Twinkies could contain Salmonella. The coating was made with Valley Milk’s milk powder, where Salmonella had been previously found at the company’s manufacturing facility, according to the FDA.


On Monday, Palmer Candy also issued a recall for potentially Salmonella-contaminated products made with Valley Milk milk powder. Palmer issued a recall for its Christmas Tree Pretzels, Cookies and Cream Bark, Chocolate Almond Bark, Peppermint Bark, and other Publix and Trails End confections made by Palmer. Those products were all produced between Oct. 20 and Dec. 9, according to the FDA.

“We are truly sorry for any distress this recall causes to our retail customers and to consumers,” Marty Palmer, CEO of the company said in a statement.