According to a notice from the FDA posted on April 21, Frito-Lay is voluntarily recalling several jalapeno-flavored chip varieties for potential Salmonella contamination. The release explained that a supplier's jalapeño powder, which is used to flavor three different types of Frito-Lay chips, was recently recalled, and although there was no Salmonella detected in any Frito-Lay products, the company decided to recall the products anyway in an "abundance of caution." Bustle has reached out to Frito-Lay for comment, and will update upon response.
The varieties of chip affected by the recall are Jalapeño Flavored Lay’s Kettle Cooked potato chips and Jalapeño Flavored Miss Vickie’s Kettle Cooked potato chips that are marked "guaranteed fresh" date of July 4, 2017 or earlier, as well as these varieties of multipacks:
- 12 count Lay’s Kettle Cooked Multipack Sack
- 20 count Frito-Lay Bold Mix Sack
- 30 count Miss Vickie’s Multipack Tray
- 30 count Lay’s Kettle Cooked Multipack Tray
- 32 count Miss Vickie’s Multipack Box
Multi-packs with a "use by" date of June 20th or earlier or a "guaranteed fresh" date of July 4th or earlier are affected by the recall. Unaffected by the recall are Jalapeño Cheddar Flavored Lay’s Kettle Cooked 40% Less Fat potato chips, and any other Frito-Lay products.
According to the CDC, Salmonella is a bacteria that most often causes illness when people come into contact with it, resulting in symptoms like fever, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps within 12 to 72 hours of exposure. It lasts approximately four to seven days, and may result in hospitalization, at which point Salmonella poisoning needs to be treated with antibiotics. The age group most at risk is children, particularly children under the age of five, as well as older people and people with weakened immune systems.
Should customers have any further questions or concerns, they can contact Frito-Lay Consumer Relations at 866-272-9393 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST.