Recall Alert

On July 25, the grocery store chain, Kroger Co., announced that it was recalling several Kroger-brand spices due to the risk of Salmonella poisoning. Spices included in the recall are Kroger Bac'n Buds, Kroger Coarse Ground Pepper, Kroger Garlic Powder and Kroger Ground Cinnamon.

Triggered by Routine FDA Testing

The recall was triggered after a routine test performed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which found a batch of Kroger Garlic Powder to be tainted by Salmonella. Fortunately, it appears that the recall was instituted prior to any illnesses bing reported. Furthermore, Kroger was cautious to include all four spices that were manufactured at the facility that produced the affected garlic powder.

The recall will affect Kroger and Kroger-owned food sores in 31 different states. Affected stores include: Ralphs, Foods Co., Food 4 Less, Kroger, Fry's, Fred Meyer, City Market, King Soopers, Dillons, Smith's, Gerbes, Baker's, Ruler Foods, Jay C, Owen's, Pay Less and Scott's.

Affected Items Have Been Removed from Shelves

Kroger has taken all affected items off store shelves and it is using its customer notification system to let consumers know that these products should not be consumed and should be returned to stores or discarded immediately.

Affected spices have the following names, UPC codes, and sell-by dates associated with them: 1) Kroger Ground Cinnamon, 1111070034, May 19 18PS4; 2) Kroger Garlic Powder, 1111070039, May 18 17PS4; 3) Kroger Coarse Ground Black Pepper, 1111070041, May 18 18PS4 and May 19 18PS4; and 4) Kroger Bac'n Buds, 1111070025, May 20 18PS4.

Consumers in possession of these potentially tainted products are being asked not to eat them and to return them for a full replacement or refund. Meanwhile, anyone who may have suffered Salmonella poisoning after coming in contact with these products can consider consulting with an attorney to discuss the possibility of seeking financial restitution to pay for any medical costs required as a result of the illness.