Kroger and the FDA announced a recall on September 16th, 2021 for 16-oz bagged kale. According to the company’s statement, “The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) is voluntarily recalling its 16-ounce Kroger bagged kale product, produced by Baker Farms, due to possible listeria monocytogenes contamination.”
The product by Baker Farms was distributed by the Columbus, Nashville and Atlanta Divisions. The bagged kale was sold in Columbus and Toledo, Ohio; Knoxville, Tennessee; eastern West Virginia; and the states of Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina. If you’ve purchased bagged kale in these states in the last few weeks, make sure to check the package!
The Food Safety Network says consumers can use the following information to determine whether they have the recalled kale in their homes:
- 16-ounce bag of Kroger branded kale
- Product UPC: 11110-18170
- BEST BY: 09-18-2021
If you have one of the contaminated bags, you can return it to the store of purchase and receive a full refund. So far, no one has reported an illness connected to this product, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Listeria is a tricky bacteria, as food contaminated with it usually doesn’t look or smell spoiled. The Food Safety Network goes on to say, “Anyone who has eaten any of the recalled products should monitor themselves for symptoms during the coming weeks because it can take up to 70 days after exposure to Listeria for symptoms of listeriosis to develop.”
Symptoms of Listeria include vomiting, nausea, long-lasting fever, muscle aches, severe headache, and neck stiffness. A lab test is required to confirm a Listeria infection, so if you’re experiencing any of the symptoms and have had the contaminated product, go ahead and get checked out by a doctor.
Customers who have questions may contact Kroger at 1-800-KROGERS Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 12:00 AM EST, and Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 AM to 9:30 PM EST.SKM: below-content placeholder