The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is advising consumers that Arruda’s Dairy Farms of Tiverton, Rhode Island is recalling its pint, quart, and half-gallon containers of egg nog because they may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria.

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The recalled packages were distributed to home delivery customers and throughout eastern Rhode Island and the Fall River area of Massachusetts through retail stores. The product comes in a pint, quart, and half-gallon, clear plastic containers with a sell by date of 2/3/18 and 2/10/18.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this issue.

This issue was identified after RIDOH product sampling identified Salmonella bacteria in the product. Salmonella bacteria can cause diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, and fever. Symptoms usually begin between 12 to 36 hours after exposure, but they may begin as early as six hours or as late as 72 hours after exposure. Symptoms can be mild or severe and commonly last for two to seven days. Salmonella can infect anyone, but young children, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems are the most likely to have severe infections .

The production of the product has been suspended while RIDOH and the company continue to investigate the source of the problem. Arruda’s has cooperated fully with RIDOH during the investigation.

Consumers who have purchased the pint, quart, and half-gallon containers of the egg nog are urged to return them to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-401-624-8898. Monday through Friday 8 am – 7 pm.