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Kroger Co. has issued a recall on four of its spices due to concerns of possible salmonella contamination. The supermarket chain is pulling Kroger Ground Cinnamon, Kroger Garlic Powder, Kroger Coarse Ground Black Pepper, and Kroger Bac’n Buds from its shelves.
The recall affects Kroger and other Kroger systems stores in 17 states.
Although no illnesses were reported, salmonella was found in a sample of garlic powder from a store in South Carolina. Aiming to be on the safe side, Kroger is pulling the four spices from its own stores, Jay C., Dillons, King Soopers, Fry's, Fred Meyer, Ralphs, Food 4 Less, and Smiths.
And the recall isn't confined to South Carolina -- Kroger is pulling spices in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia as well. The Food and Drug Administration is recommending that customers who bought the recalled spices should not eat them and return them to the store for a full refund.
Food Poisoning and Product Liability
Salmonella is bacteria that can cause diarrhea, abdominal cramps, fever, and death if consumed by the elderly or even young children with weakened immune systems. Food manufacturers have a duty, known as product liability, to protect consumers from known or potential hazards in the foods they make, especially with something unseen like salmonella.
Food recalls are designed to protect the public from a dangerous product. Often they can be instituted by the FDA, or a manufacturer or distributor can initiate a recall if there are complaints or failed quality control tests.
If someone becomes sick from food poisoning, the manufacturer or seller could be liable for damages. If you or someone you know has gotten sick due to salmonella or some other kind of food product, you may want to consult with a products liability attorney near you.