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Frito-Lay expands chips recall

After a previous voluntary recall of specific jalapeño potato chip products, Frito-Lay is expanding the recall to include additional products due to a risk of salmonella contamination, according to a Department of Defense All Food and Drug Activity message sent April 24. 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 Richard Stith, lead consumer safety officer 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 Whenever a commissary has a recalled or withdrawn product in its inventory, the product is immediately removed from store shelves.

The following OCONUS (Outside Continental U.S.) products are affected by this recall:

  • Jalapeño Flavored Lay's Kettle Cooked Potato Chips, 2.125 ounces: UPC 0-28400-02539-3 with "guaranteed fresh" dates of July 31, Aug. 31, Sep. 30 and Oct. 31, 2017
  • Jalapeño Flavored Lay's Kettle Cooked Potato Chips, 6.5 ounces: UPC 0-28400-02904-9 with "guaranteed fresh" dates of July 31, Aug. 31, Sep. 30 and Oct. 31, 2017

The previous recall involved the following CONUS (Continental U.S.) products:

All sizes of the following two products with a "guaranteed fresh" date of July 4 or prior.

  • 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.

  • 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

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 Consumer Relations at 866-272-9393 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST.

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