A nationwide recall of Grippo’s potato chips has been initiated after it was discovered that the bags may contain small metal fragments, posing a choking, laceration and possible secondary infection risk.
The Grippo Foods potato chips recall was announced on March 15, due to metal fragments that may have mixed with the potato chips during the manufacturing process. To date, no injuries have been reported or metal fragments found by consumers.
The potato chip recall consists of Grippo Foods’ Plain with UPC code 0 76847 12124 6, Bar-B-Q with UPC 0 76847 14123 7, Cheddar Cheese with a touch of Jalapeno 0 76847 14127 5, Hot Dill Pickle with UPC 0 7684 14126 8, Sweet Bermuda Onion with UPC 0 76847 14124 4, and Salt & Vinegar with UPC 0 76847 14125 1.
The recalled flavors of bagged Grippo Foods potato Chips have an expiration date of May 20 or earlier, and the 1.5 pound boxes of bagged chips have an expiration date of April 29 or earlier. The expiration date can be found on the upper right corner of the bags.
The recalled potato chips were distributed from September 15, 2012 through March 14, 2013 to various retailers in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois.
Food products containing metal fragments can cause severe injuries such as choking and lacerations of the mouth, throat, and digestive system. The metal fragments may also become lodged in the digestive system and cause secondary infection.
In February, 36,000 boxes of Kellogg’s Special K Red Berries Cereal were recalled due to small glass fragments in the cereal that posed a choking and digestive hazard to consumers.
Many times the foreign fragments enter the products through a faulty manufacturing process, as was the case with a bagel recall earlier this year, which included Weight Watchers, Thomas and Sara Lee brands.
Consumers have been advised to stop consuming the recalled bags of Grippo’s potato chips immediately and return the remainder of the product to its place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers may also contact the manufacturer, Grippo Foods Inc., of Cincinnati, Ohio at 1-800-626-1824.