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Kroger Stores Remove Foster Farms Chicken From Shelves

In light of the revelation that at least 278 people in 18 states have fallen ill with Salmonella from Foster Farms chicken since March, the poultry grower has said it has remedied the situation and will not recall any products.

But that has not stopped the Kroger Co. from removing the implicated Foster Farms chicken from its family of stores, which includes Fred Meyer, Fry’s, King Soopers, Ralphs, Food 4 Less, Smith’s and QFC. Foster Farms products are not sold in Kroger, Dillons and Jay C stores.

The products involved in the recall come from three Foster Farms facilities in central California and are identified by one of three USDA mark of inspection numbers: P6137, P6137A and P7632.

The Kroger Co. will be notifying customers who purchased affected products that the recall is in effect. The products are not being recalled from other grocery stores at this time.

“Customers should carefully check their refrigerators and freezers for the referenced product,” the company said in a press release. “Any opened or unopened products with the USDA mark of inspection numbers P6137, P6137A or P7632 should be returned to their local Fred Meyer, Fry’s, King Soopers, Ralphs, Food 4 Less (west coast), Smith’s in southern Nevada or New Mexico or QFC store for a full refund.”

The Kroger Co. is one of the world’s largest retailers, with 2,418 stores operating under various names in 31 states.

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  • Phyllis (former FoodBugLady)

    Kudos to Kroger! I was in a Von’s store this afternoon (part of Safeway). Foster Farms chicken was still on display. Two employees of the meat department were wondering out loud when/whether the products would be recalled.

  • Oginikwe

    Two days ago it was 18 states; now it’s 17?
    Did we lose a state?

  • Jack2cruise

    What are the 18 states?

  • J T

    Whatever source Kroger uses as a replacement is going to have just as much contamination as all the rest of them…

  • AC
  • JML:

    While all chicken have salmonella not all have antibiotic resistant Salmonella Heidelberg. This particular strain is present in 4 of the processing plants owned by Foster Farms and needs to be cleaned up. Also there are no guidelines for chicken processing unlike beef and pork that limits Salmonella. It’s time that happens

  • Curios

    Does Ralph’s use Foster Farms for THIER in house roasted chicken meals and packages?

  • dc

    I already ate this product, and had the runs and felt very sick and had to go to family doctor. Thanks for telling me 7 months later!!

  • Barb3000

    Did anyone ever bother to ask the folks that got sick on the chicken just how long hey cooked it? Where did they prepare the raw chicken? Did they spray the area with a mixture of bleach and water to decontaminate every thing around the sink, cabinet or table once they were finished? All raw meat is covered in bacteria we just can’t see it. You can’t kill this with a dish cloth dipped in soapy water it has to be bleach.

  • Bill Riedel

    This is (probably) a recall from a plant with continuous inspection as is common in meat plants. That is an important issue as many still continue to believe that the answer to less risky food is more inspectors. Remember that there are an estimated 48 million cases of foodborne disease and 3,000 deaths due to food – and yet many refer to food as safe!!!!

  • TJ

    This comes after the news…”USDA: Chicken Processed in China Can be Sold in the US Without Labels to Say So”…chicken products processed in China can be sold
    in the United States without labeling that would indicate where the
    chicken products came from.

  • Ryan

    This is more then is lead on. The testing of strains of salomella starts at the breeder level. Why wouldn’t this company divert the eggs to breakers rather than grow out.

  • Jordan

    I’ve had this in my freezer for over a month! A little late on the notice.