Kroger Private Selection and Heinen’s Salsa Recalls
|Date:||March 26, 2012|
|Updated:||March 27, 2012|
Private Selection Fresh Salsa
Private Selection Pico de Gallo
|Scope:||Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia|
Editor's note – On March 26, 2012, The Kroger Co. issued a recall for its Private Selection Fresh Salsa, 12 oz.; Private Selection Salsa, Hot 12 oz.; and Private Selection Pico de Gallo, 12 oz.; because the products may be contaminated with Salmonella and, if eaten, could result in severe illness. Subsequently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a recall by Club Chef which includes the Kroger Private Selection products. Following is the Club Chef recall information (including the Kroger products) The original Kroger recall is here (click to read).
Club Chef is recalling its 12 oz., 16 oz. and 5 lb. Salsa products and its Pico de Gallo because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, 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.
The Salsa is sold in 12 oz. and 16 oz. clear plastic packages under the brand names Private Selection (Kroger stores) and heinen’s (Heinen’s stores) and 5 lb. plastic trays (foodservice distributors) marked with Use by Date of 3/27/2012. UPC numbers located on the packages are as follows:
|Private Selection, 12 oz.||heinen's, 16oz.|
|Pico de Gallo – UPC 11111091135||Hot Salsa – UPC 2060100024|
|Hot Salsa – UPC 1111091139||Mild Salsa – UPC 2060100026|
|Mild Salsa – UPC 1111091137|
The Salsa and Pico de Gallo were distributed to retailers and foodservice distributors on 3/14/12 and 3/15/12 within Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, Indiana, and Illinois.
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.
The potential for contamination was noted after a random test by the Ohio Department of Agriculture in a store in Ohio which revealed the presence of Salmonella in a case of Jalapeno peppers. Jalapeno peppers are one of the ingredients in the Salsa.
Consumers who purchased the Salsa products are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Club Chef at 1-859-578-3143, Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern time.
Consumers with questions about food safety can Ask Heidi, a certified food safety professional.