FDA Announced The Racall of Kroger Lite Mayo The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that the Kroger Company is recalling some of its Kroger Lite Mayo packaged in 32-ounce plastic jars. The recalled Kroger Lite Mayo contains a “Sell by” date of SEP-25-09 and was sold in Kroger stores in Southwestern Ohio, including Cincinnati and Dayton; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana. The product’s UPC is 11110 66090. The recall has been implemented over concerns the product may be contaminated with the dangerous and sometimes deadly, salmonella bacteria.
The FDA is advising consumers who purchased the recalled Kroger Lite Mayo to not consume it and return it to a store for a full refund or replacement. The FDA is also advising consumers with questions about this recall to contact Kroger toll-free at 1-800-632-6900 or to visit the firm’s Website at www.kroger.com/recalls.
Of note, Kroger Company widened the recall of its Private Selection shelled pistachios on Tuesday, adding other “sell by” dates. As of earlier this week, Kroger had recalled pistachios it sold in 31 states over concerns of Salmonella poisoning.
Salmonella causes 40,000 confirmed cases each year, but, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is probably responsible for close to 40 times that—a stunning 1,600,000—noting that 2,500 subtypes of Salmonella exist, said MSNBC in an earlier report.
Salmonella Can Cause Fatal Infections
Salmonella can cause serious, sometimes fatal Salmonellosis infections in young children, weak or elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems. Healthy people may experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain, if infected. Without treatment, severe cases of Salmonella poisoning can result in arterial infections—such as infected aneurysms—endocarditis, arthritis, and death; however, some Salmonella bacteria are resistant to antibiotics, largely due to the use of antibiotics to promote the growth of feed animals.
Salmonella poisoning can lead to Reiter’s Syndrome, a difficult-to-treat reactive arthritis characterized by severe joint pain, irritation of the eyes, and painful urination. A victim of Reiter’s Syndrome may have already been treated for the initial infection, and it can be weeks before the symptoms of Reiter’s Syndrome become apparent. Reiter’s Syndrome, which can plague its victims for months or years, is said to occur when reactive arthritis is evident and at least one other non-joint area, such as the eyes, skin or muscles, is affected.
Salmonella poisoning is the culprit in the massive and ongoing food borne contamination that has been linked to the Peanut Corporation of America’s (PCA) peanuts and peanut products, the growing multi-state Salmonella poisoning outbreak linked to a variety of SunSprout Enterprises sprouts, tainted spices from the Union International Food Company, and the emerging and growing pistachio recall linked to Setton Pistachio. According to the FDA, the Setton Pistachio recall involves certain bulk roasted in-shell and roasted shelled pistachios shipped on or after September 1.
The FDA set up a searchable database on its Website to help consumers track peanut product recalls linked to the ongoing salmonella outbreak that originated with the PCA and plans to do the same for pistachio product recalls.