It might be time to temporarily press the pause button on your love affair with jalapeño-flavored potato chips — specifically if you're a frequent consumer of products from Frito-Lay. The company announced a voluntary recall of two types of jalapeño-flavored chips over a potential Salmonella threat.
While it is not 100 percent confirmed, there is a chance Salmonella could be in the seasoning of the jalapeño-flavored Lay's Kettle Cooked potato chips and jalapeño-flavored Miss Vickie's Kettle Cooked potato chips. The potential contamination came to light after Frito-Lay's supplier for the seasoning blend issued a recall on their flavoring product.
The recalled packets have a "guaranteed fresh" date of July 4 or prior for regular-sized bags and "use by" date of June 20 or prior for the chips in multi-packs. In the U.S. the products were dispersed to "retail stores and via foodservice, vending, and other channels."
"This action is the direct result of a supplier's recent recall of a seasoning blend which includes jalapeño powder that could contain Salmonella," Frito-Lay says. "Although no Salmonella was found in the seasoning supplied to Frito-Lay, the company has decided to recall these products out of an abundance of caution."
Salmonella is a bacteria that makes people ill — the infection in people is called salmonellosis. According to the CDC, there are several different types of the bacteria. The average person infected suffers from diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps anywhere from 12 and 72 hours after infection, lasting four to seven days. Infants, the elderly, and those with weak or impaired immune systems are more vulnerable to fatal infections from the organism.
The good news is there are no cases of illness reported thus far, according to the FDA. Those with concerns and questions can reach a Frito-Lay rep at 866-272-9393 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST or visit www.jalapenochiprecall.com for reimbursement.