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Frito-Lay Recalls Chips Due To Salmonella Fears

| by Michael Howard

Frito-Lay has announced a voluntary recall of two varieties of jalapeno-flavored chips due to potential salmonella contamination.

An April 21 statement on the FDA website indicates that two Frito-Lay products -- Jalapeno Flavored Lay’s Kettle Cooked potato chips and Jalapeno Flavored Miss Vickie’s Kettle Cooked potato chips -- have been pulled from the shelves.

The decision to recall the chips was made after a Frito-Lay supplier announced the potential presence of salmonella in a seasoning blend that includes jalapeno powder.

No salmonella was found in the seasoning supplied to Frito-Lay, and no illnesses have been reported by consumers. However, the company went ahead with the recall "out of an abundance of caution."

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The recalled products have a "guaranteed fresh" date of July 4 or earlier stamped on the front of the package. Multipacks that contain the recalled products have a "use by" date of June 20 or earlier. The recall affects all sizes of the two types of products, and the chips may also be in vending machines throughout the U.S.

The affected multipacks are:

  • 12 count Lay’s Kettle Cooked Multipack Sack
  • 20 count Frito-Lay Bold Mix Sack
  • 30 count Miss Vickie’s Multipack Tray
  • 30 count Lay’s Kettle Cooked Multipack Tray
  • 32 count Miss Vickie’s Multipack Box

The other products contained in the multipacks are not subject to the recall and are safe to eat.

Frito-Lay is working to make sure all the affected products are removed from store shelves.

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No other varieties of Lay's chips are being recalled. This includes Jalapeno Cheddar Flavored Lay’s Kettle Cooked 40% Less Fat potato chips.

Salmonella is a bacteria that causes serious illnesses, which can be fatal in children, elderly people and anyone with a suppressed immune system. Common symptoms of salmonellosis include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea (possibly containing blood), fever and abdominal pain. They typically begin within 12 to 72 hours of eating contaminated food and last for four to seven days, according to WebMD.

Most people infected with salmonella do not require medical treatment.

In rare cases, the infection can enter the bloodstream and lead to serious conditions like arterial infections -- also known as infected aneurysms -- endocarditis and arthritis.

An estimated 1 million salmonella cases are reported in the U.S. every year, according to the CDC. Around 380 people die of the infection annually.

Anyone who has purchased the recalled Frito-Lay products should throw them away. For additional information, consumers are encouraged to contact Frito-Lay Consumer Relations at 866-272-9393. For product reimbursement, consumers can visit www.jalapenochiprecall.com.

Sources: FDA, WebMD, CDC / Photo credit: NIAID/Flickr

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