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Kroger Recalls Select Ice Cream Products Due to Possible Health Risk

Tuesday, January 20, 2009 General News J E 4
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CINCINNATI, Jan. 19 The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) said todayit is recalling Private Selection Peanut Butter Passion Ice Cream sold inselect stores because the peanut butter in the ice cream was supplied byPeanut Corporation of America and may be contaminated with Salmonella. Storesunder the following names are included in this recall: City Market, FredMeyer, Fry's, King Soopers, QFC and Smith's.

Stores the company operates under the following names did not receive anyof the ice cream being recalled: Kroger, Ralphs, Dillons, Food 4 Less, FoodsCo., Jay C, Scott's, Owen's, Baker's, Gerbes, Hilander and Pay Less.

No illnesses have been reported in connection with the ice cream.

The FDA has indicated that Peanut Corporation of America is the focus ofits investigation into Salmonella-related illnesses that may be linked tocontaminated peanut butter.

The ice cream was sold in City Market, Fred Meyer, Fry's, King Soopers,QFC and Smith's stores in the following states: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado,Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Customers who have recently purchased this ice cream should not eat it andreturn the product to a store for a full refund or replacement.

No other Kroger products are involved in the recall. Kroger continues tofollow FDA guidelines and, for the safety of customers, has withdrawn otherproducts from sale that contain peanut butter ingredients implicated in thisoutbreak, as directed by the FDA and suppliers involved.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatalinfections, particularly in young children, the elderly, and persons withweakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella oftenexperience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and/or abdominal pain. For moreinformation, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Website at www.cdc.gov.

According to the FDA, peanut butter sold in jars, including Kroger brandpeanut butter sold in the retailer's family of stores, is not involved in theongoing investigation.

Consumers who have questions about the ice cream recall may contact Krogertoll-free at (800) 632-6900. For more information, please visitwww.kroger.com/recalls.Item Description: Kroger is recalling the following ice cream: -- Private Selection Peanut Butter Passion Ice Cream sold in 48-ounce containers with a "Sell by" date of 9-13-2009 under the following UPC Code Number: 0001111054437. -- Private Selection Peanut Butter Passion Ice Cream sold in 56-ounce containers with a "Sell by" date of 8-11-2009 under the following UPC Code Number: 0001111052816.

SOURCE The Kroger Co.
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