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America's Largest Grocery Chain is No Longer Selling These Medicines

If you bought one in the last year, listen up.

The largest grocery chain in America is Kroger, and shoppers who bought specific types of medicine in the health care section of their local store in the last eight months should be aware that three of the most common pain-relieving pills have been recalled because of a poisoning threat.

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Over 400,000 bottles of Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, and Asprin sold at Kroger and Kroger-owned grocery stores like Fred Meyer, JayC, Mariano's, Smith's, and more as well as Walgreens between July 2021 and April 2022 are not child-resistant, which is required by the Poison Prevention Packaging Act, according to four different posts published by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Therefore the bottles post a "risk of poisoning if the contents are swallowed by young children" who are able to open them.

Kroger brand 225-count bottles of Arthritis Pain Acetaminophen, 300-count bottles of Kroger brand Asprin, 160-count bottles of Kroger Ibuprofen, 100-count bottles of Kroger Acetaminophen, and 150-count bottles of Walgreens Pain Reliever Acetaminophen are the pills in question.

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"Consumers should immediately store the recalled product in a safe location out of reach and sight of children. Contact Kroger for information on how to properly dispose of the product and receive a full refund," one of the recall announcements states. All note that no incidents or injuries have been reported.

UPC codes and lot numbers of affected bottles can be found on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website. In 2020, almost 70,000 cases of poison exposure cases in children were related to medicines, according to, so it's important to check the bottles in your medicine cabinet to make sure they are not at risk.

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Amanda McDonald
Amanda has a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree in digital journalism from Loyola University Chicago. Read more about Amanda
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