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Health Highlights: July 23, 2018

Salmonella Spurs Recall of Swiss Rolls, Ritz Crackers New VA Secretary Expected to be Confirmed in Senate Vote

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Salmonella Spurs Recall of Swiss Rolls, Ritz Crackers

Possible salmonella contamination has led to the recall of rolls and bread made by Flowers Foods, Inc.

The recall includes Swiss Rolls distributed across the United States and sold under the brand names Mrs. Freshley's, Food Lion, H-E-B, Baker's Treat, Market Square, and Great Value, and Captain John Derst's Old Fashioned Bread distributed in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Whey powder used in the products may be contaminated with salmonella. The whey powder has been recalled by the maker.

No illnesses have been reported in connection with the recalled rolls and bread, according to Flowers Foods.

Consumers with the recalled rolls and bread should not eat them. Throw them away or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. For more information, consumers can call Flowers Foods at 1-866-245-8921.

And in a second recall, a number of Ritz Crackers products are being recalled due to possible salmonella risk.

Sixteen varieties of Ritz Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits products in the United States are being recalled by Mondelez International because they contain whey powder that's been recalled due to the potential presence of salmonella, CBS News/Associated Press reported.

No illnesses associated with the recalled Ritz products have been reported, according to the New Jersey-based company.

Consumers who have the recalled Ritz products should not eat them. They should be thrown away. For more information, consumers can call the company at 1-844-366-1171.

Symptoms of salmonella include fever, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. In the young, elderly and people with weakened immune systems, it can cause serious and sometimes deadly infections, CBS/AP reported.


New VA Secretary Expected to be Confirmed in Senate Vote

It's expected that Pentagon official Robert Wilkie will be confirmed in a Senate vote Monday as the new secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Wilkie -- President Donald Trump's third pick for the job in 18 months -- says he will "shake up complacency" at VA, which is trying to cut long waits for medical care faced by millions of veterans, the Associated Press reported.

Earlier this year, Trump fired his first VA secretary, David Shulkin, due to ethics charges and resistance within the VA over the role of private care for veterans. Trump's initial choice to replace Shulkin was White House doctor Ronny Jackson, but he withdrew after allegations of workplace misconduct.

Wilkie served as acting VA secretary after Shulkin was fired, then returned to his role as Pentagon undersecretary.

If confirmed, Wilkie would replace current acting VA secretary Peter O'Rourke, who has been in conflict with the VA inspector general, the AP reported.

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