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article imageKroger recalls four everyday spices due to Salmonella risk

By Karen Graham     Jul 28, 2015 in Food
Kroger Company, the nation's second-largest supermarket chain, has recalled four different spices, packaged under the Kroger brand name. The recalled products include garlic, black pepper, cinnamon, and even bacon bits.
A sample of garlic powder from a store in North Augusta, South Carolina was tested by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and found to contain Salmonella. To date, no illnesses have been reported in connection with the products.
Out of an abundance of caution, Kroger Co. is recalling all four seasonings produced on the same equipment at the same facility. The recalls cover stores under the following names in the 31 states where Kroger operates and include: Kroger, Ralphs, Food 4 Less, Foods Co., Fred Meyer, Fry’s, King Soopers, City Market, Smith’s, Dillons, Baker’s, Gerbes, Jay C, Ruler Foods, Pay Less, Owen’s, and Scott’s.
Kroger has instructed affiliate stores to remove the affected products from the shelves, and initiated their company's recall notification system that alerts customers about Class 1 recalls through the store's register receipt tape. Customers are asked to check their home pantries, and if any of the products are found, it is recommended that they be thrown out or returned to the store for a full refund or replacement.
Kroger is recalling the following items:
Kroger Ground Cinnamon UPC code: 1111070034 Sell by: May 19 18PS4 18.3 oz.
Kroger Garlic Powder UPC code: 1111070039 Sell by: May 18 17PS4 24.7 oz.
Kroger black Pepper UPC code: 1111070041 Sell by: May 18 18PS2 17.1 oz.
Kroger Bac'n Buds UPC code: 1111070025 Sell by: May 20 18PS4 12.0 oz.
Affected states in the recall include: Georgia; South Carolina; Auburn, Alabama; Greater Cincinnati (including Northern Kentucky and Dayton, Ohio plus South Eastern Indiana); Central and Northwest Ohio; Northwestern Virginia panhandle; Michigan; Indiana (except SE Indiana, -Evansville-); Illinois; Eastern Missouri; Greater Memphis area, Tennessee; Arkansas; Mississippi; Western Kentucky; Hopkinsville and Bowling Green, Kentucky; Nashville and Knoxville, Tennessee; Huntsville, Alabama; North Carolina; Virginia; Eastern West Virginia; Eastern Kentucky; Southeastern Ohio; Texas and Louisiana.
Of interest is the notion that black pepper could contain Salmonella. It is apparently true, though. Last year, Big Lots had to recall their finely ground black pepper because random testing by the FDA found Salmonella contamination in one of the lots.
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