If you have Kroger brand frozen vegetables purchased in the southeastern United States – or Wal-Mart's Great Value brand bought anywhere in the US – check the UPC (bar code) on the package. The UPC bar code is located on the back panel of the package. If your UPC code matches, check the production code (Kroger) or the "best by" date (Wal-Mart). "Only those production codes [or dates] are affected by this recall," explained spokeswoman Anne Tyrrell. "That UPC code has other production codes under it" that are not affected.
Here's a list of the recalled products:
Production Codes of 1440BU, 1440BV, 1440BW, and 1600BD
Production Codes of 1960BD and 1960BE
Best by dates of July 20, 2012; July 21, 2012
Best by date of July 15, 2012
Food from these packages should not be consumed. Customers with these products should return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.
Wal-Mart's Great Value label products have faced other challenges in recent months. In July and August, Canadian Wal-Marts pulled Great Value brand chili over botulism concerns. (Many other brands of chili were also affected by the contaminated meat.) In July, they recalled 45 tons of Great Value label frozen chicken nuggets due to potential contamination by small pieces of plastic. No injuries or illnesses were reported in either the chili or the chicken nugget recall.
“While this has been isolated to one lot of peas," said Pictsweet in a statement, "the company [is] conducting a top-to-bottom review to ensure that this does not happen in the future.”
Consumers with questions or concerns may contact Pictsweet at 800-367-7412 x417, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time, Monday through Friday.