The parent company of Colorado grocery chains King Soopers and City Market has removed all jalapeno peppers from its stores as a precaution.
Kroger Co. spokeswoman Meghan Glynn says it decided to halt jalapeno sales after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reported Monday that a McAllen, Texas, distributor was recalling jalapenos that had the potential to be contaminated with salmonella.
She says Kroger removed jalapenos the next day, even though none of its supply was from that distributor.
The government is warning against eating fresh jalapenos or products containing them while it investigates a national salmonella outbreak first linked to tomatoes.
Cincinnati-based Kroger operates nearly 2,500 stores in 31 states.
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