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.