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The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) family of stores, including Fred Meyer, Fry's, King Soopers/City
Market, Ralphs, Food 4 Less (west coast), Smith's in southern Nevada
and New Mexico, and QFC, today responded to a USDA public health alert
raising concerns of illness caused by strains of Salmonella Heidelberg
that is associated with raw chicken products from three Foster Farms
production facilities, by removing those products from sale.
Other Foster Farms facilities have not been linked to the outbreak by the
USDA. These chicken products are sold under a variety of labels and
identifiable by looking on packages for the following USDA mark of
inspection numbers: P6137, P6137A and P7632.
The company is removing products from its Fred Meyer, Fry's, King
Soopers/City Market, Ralphs, Food 4 Less (west coast), Smith's in
southern Nevada and New Mexico, and QFC stores and warehouses after
learning that the Salmonella outbreak has sickened an estimated 278
people in 18 states. Kroger, Dillons and Jay C division stores are not
included in the removal.
The company is also initiating its customer notification system that
alerts customers through register receipt tape messages and phone
Customers should carefully check their refrigerators and freezers for
the referenced product. 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.
Customers who have questions may contact Kroger at 1-800-KROGERS.
Customers are reminded that proper handling, storage and cooking of
raw chicken offers the best protection against food-borne illness.
According to the USDA, when poultry is thoroughly cooked to an
internal temperature of no less than 165 degrees as measured by a food
thermometer, any harmful bacteria are destroyed and the food is safe
Kroger, one of the world's largest retailers, employs 343,000
associates who serve customers in 2,418 supermarkets and
multi-department stores in 31 states under two dozen local banner
names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Jay C, Food 4 Less, Fred
Meyer, Fry's, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith's. The company also
operates 783 convenience stores, 326 fine jewelry stores, 1,195
supermarket fuel centers and 37 food processing plants in the U.S.