Georgia Department of Agriculture

Kerosene sold at eight Kangaroo stores possibly volatile and should not be used

Friday, January 28, 2011

Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is warning consumers who purchased kerosene on or after Jan. 18 from several Kangaroo locations throughout north Georgia not to use the products in their kerosene heaters or lamps.

On Jan. 25, inspectors from the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Fuel & Measures Division discovered contaminated kerosene at Kangaroo #3315 located at 615 East Spring St., Monroe during a routine inspection.

The pump was locked at the Monroe location and, as an immediate precaution, pumps were locked at all other stores who received fuel from the same carrier. After sampling from those other pumps was completed on Jan. 27, seven additional Kangaroo locations have been found with contaminated kerosene:Kerosene sold at eight Kangaroo convenience stores possibly volatile and should not be used

  • #3304 located at 2640 Dawsonville Hwy., Gainesville
  • #3313 located at 3951 State Hwy. 365, Alto
  • #3319 located at 301 North Main St., Cleveland
  • #3340 located at 78 South Main St., Cleveland
  • #3325 located at 634 Christmas Ave., Bethlehem
  • #3341 located at 1334 Atlanta Hwy. NW, Auburn
  • #3349 located at 18 Hwy. 72 East, Comer

Contaminated kerosene has the potential to cause an explosion or fire if used in home heaters or lamps. Anyone who purchased kerosene at any of these locations on or after Jan. 18 should not use the kerosene and should return it for reimbursement.

The pumps will remain locked at all eight locations until the tank and lines have been cleaned and new shipments have been tested and approved by the Georgia Department of Agriculture.

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