The Canadian grocery industry is under attack, with many retailers now facing fines of more than $2 billion over health hazards and tainted foods.
The latest is Kroger, which said on Thursday it had settled its charges with regulators in Canada over the sale of its canned fruit.
Kroger has already been fined $1.7 billion for the tainted canned fruit it sold in Canada.
The company also said that it has agreed to donate its frozen and frozen-packed products to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), and to work with CFIA inspectors to provide a more thorough food safety review.
The CFIA is a government agency that is charged with ensuring that food is safe to eat and that Canadians are getting the best value from food products.
Kroper had been accused of selling canned fruit that contained bacteria that can cause illnesses including salmonella and E. coli O157:H7.
The food products also contained salmonellas and E coli O15, a bacteria that could be fatal.
In a statement, Kroger said that “our commitment to the CFIA and our customers is strong.”
The company said it would also “continue to work collaboratively with the CFAA and the Canadian government to make the safety of our products and the public’s health a priority for us”.
The company had previously said that its canned products were “safe to consume” and that they had “been fully tested for safety and efficacy”.
Krogers spokesperson, Laura Ritchie, said that the company “had been under investigation by the CFRA and CFIA for a number of years”.
Ritchie told the AP news agency that the investigation was “related to a number different products”.
“Our products meet our own safety and nutritional standards and the products have been fully tested to ensure they are safe to consume,” she said.
Krolgers first-quarter profit jumped to $2.2 billion from a loss of $1 billion last year, and it expects its full-year earnings this year to be $7.3 billion.