Wednesday, April 1, 2009, 12:00pm EDT

Kroger expands pistachio recall, adds mayo

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Business First of Columbus

Kroger Co. said it is adding “sell-by” dates to its shelled pistachio recall and also recalling a store-brand light mayonnaise product amid salmonella contamination worries over both products.

The Cincinnati-based grocer’s recall of Private Selection shelled pistachios, first announced March 27, also will include these sell-by dates: Jan. 14, 2010; Feb. 10, 2010; Feb. 11, 2010; and March 23, 2010, with the UPC code 11110 73615. The dates accompany the initial recall sell-by dates of Dec. 13, 2009, and Dec. 14, 2009, which have the same UPC code.

No illnesses have been reported, Kroger said. The recall covers Ohio and the 30 other states where Kroger and its subsidiaries have locations.

The grocer said in a release that Terra Bella, Calif.-based supplier Setton Farms has expanded its recall of products that might possibly be contaminated with salmonella. The Food and Drug Administration said this week that it is investigating salmonella contamination in pistachio products sold by Setton, which has halted all distribution of shelled pistachios and has issued a voluntary recall itself of about 1 million pounds of the nut.

Setton’s troubles began in late March, when the FDA traced back to the company salmonella-tainted Back To Nature Trail Mix from Kraft Foods Inc. (NYSE:KFT).

The FDA has warned that because pistachios are used as ingredients in many foods, it’s likely that recalls will become widespread. Chip maker Frito-Lay North America this week recalled its 1.75-ounce Frito-Lay brand salted pistachios, which generally sell in small sleeves near the snack section of grocery stores’ checkout counters.

Kroger on Wednesday issued a separate recall of Kroger Lite Mayo in 32-ounce plastic jars with a sell-by date of Sept. 25, 2009, and a UPC code of 11110 66090 over salmonella worries.

The mayonnaise recall includes Cincinnati and Dayton, as well as southwest Ohio, northern Kentucky and southeast Indiana.

Kroger (NYSE: KR) operates more than 2,400 supermarkets and multiple department stores in 31 states.


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