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Frito-Lay chips recalled due to Salmonella concerns

Frito-Lay is voluntarily recalling some of their jalapeño potato chip products due to a risk of Salmonella contamination, according to a Department of Defense All Food and Drug Activity message sent April 21. The action is a result of a supplier's recent recall of a seasoning blend containing jalapeño powder that could contain Salmonella.

No Salmonella was found in the seasoning supplied to Frito-Lay; however, they are recalling these products out of an abundance of caution.

The Defense Commissary Agency has publicized this recall to all its stores, said Chris Wicker, a public health advisor for DeCA headquarters at Fort Lee, Virginia. Whenever a commissary has a recalled or withdrawn product in its inventory, the product is immediately removed from store shelves.

All sizes of the following two products with a "guaranteed fresh" date of July 4 or prior are affected by this recall:

  • Jalapeño Flavored Lay's Kettle Cooked Potato Chips
  • Jalapeño Flavored Miss Vickie's Kettle Cooked Potato Chips

All of the following multipacks with a "use by" date of June 20 or prior are affected by this recall:

  • Lay's Kettle Cooked Multipack Sack, 12 count
  • Frito-Lay Bold Mix Sack, 20 count
  • Lay's Kettle Cooked Multipack Tray, 30 count
  • Miss Vickie's Multipack Tray, 30 count
  • Miss Vickie's Multipack Box, 32 count

No other flavors of Lay's Kettle Cooked or Miss Vickie's potato chips are impacted. Jalapeño Cheddar Flavored Lay's Kettle Cooked 40% Less Fat potato chips are also not impacted.

Salmonella can be potentially life-threatening, especially to infants, older people, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems. It can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. Salmonella's most common symptoms are diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever. Salmonella's symptoms usually develop between eight to 72 hours after consumption of the contaminated food and last about four to seven days.

Customers who purchased any of these products at the commissary should bring them back for a refund.

Questions about this recall can be directed to the Frito-Lay Customer Line at 1-800-406-0096 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST.

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