Frito-Lay Recalls Jalapeño Flavored Lay's Kettle Cooked Potato Chips and Jalapeño Flavored Miss Vickie's Kettle Cooked Potato Chips Due to Potential Presence of Salmonella

For Immediate Release

May 3, 2017; 11:25am

DPHSS Release No. 2017-048

Frito-Lay Recalls Jalapeno Flavored Lay’s Kettle Cooked Potato Chips and Jalapeno Flavored Miss Vickie’s Kettle Cooked Potato Chips due to Potential presence of Salmonella

The Department of Public Health and Social Services, in coordination with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, would like to inform the public of a recall involving select Jalapeño Flavored Lay's Kettle Cooked potato chips and Jalapeño Flavored Miss Vickie's Kettle Cooked potato chips.  The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has concluded that the potato chips may have been potentially contaminated with Salmonella in the seasoning.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.  Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.  In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis, and arthritis.

This action is the direct result of a supplier's recent recall of a seasoning blend which includes jalapeño powder that could contain Salmonella. 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.

The products covered by this recall were distributed in retail stores and via foodservice, vending and other channels throughout the U.S.

The recall includes the following products listed below:

All sizes of the following two products that have a "guaranteed fresh'' date of JUL 4 or prior printed on the front upper panel of the package:

  • Jalapeño Flavored Lay's Kettle Cooked potato chips
  • Jalapeño Flavored Miss Vickie's Kettle Cooked potato chips

All of the following multipack offerings that have a "use by" date of JUN 20 or prior printed on the multipack package.  In addition, a "guaranteed fresh" date of JUL 4 or prior is printed on the front upper panel of the individual recalled product packages inside each multipack offering.  Any other products or flavors contained in these multipacks are not being recalled.

  • 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
  • 31 count Miss Vickie's Multipack Box

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

To date, the Division of Environmental Health has determined that one of the affected products (Jalapeño Flavored Lay's Kettle Cooked potato chips), was located and removed from K-mart in Tamuning.  K-mart has confirmed that 526 implicated units have been sold since October of 2016.

The Division of Environmental has also learned that Micronesian Brokers, Inc., a wholesale distribution company carried three cases of the implicated 12 count Lay’s Kettle Cooked Multipack Sack.  Micronesian Brokers Inc. has taken action and removed the affected products from their inventory.

The Department has not received any local report of injuries or illnesses associated with the use of these recalled commodities.  Consumers who are in possession of the items listed above are urged to return it to the place of distribution. 

For any questions, please contact the Consumer Commodities Program at the Division of Environmental Health at 735-7221.