When we check items off of our grocery lists, we may be more concerned with saving time and money than whether that product may be on a recall list.
Employees in the Kroger central office in Ohio say they want to worry about that for us. They monitor recall notices 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The most recent fruit recall has put a focus on the notification process that goes on at our local stores when they get a message about a recall. In the case of the Wawona peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots, the recall was considered a Class 1 recall for Kroger stores.
Blacksburg South Main Kroger Store Manager, Gordon Cox explains, "It is the most serious one that may have serious health implications tied with it."
So far, no one has gotten sick from the fruit that had the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. That could be because some area Kroger stores have new devices to ensure food safety.
The Fast Alert system has been used for a few weeks at the South Main location to ensure all cold and frozen products are kept at safe temperatures.
Cox says, "It will call me on my own personal phone with a message that says we have a case that is not within temperature range. We obviously research and see what is going on with it. It may be as simple as a door got left open or the case may be down and we need to pull the product."
In addition to pulling any product that is associated with the recall, Kroger puts up signs in the areas where it was sold, notifies customers through a receipt tracker and, if the customer has given permission, they will be called with the recall information.