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