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Recall -- Firm Press Release


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Lactalis USA Expands Recall of President Brie Soft-Ripened Cheese Double Cream Green Foil (Herb) or Gold Foil (Plain) Wedges in Seven and Six-ounce sizes Because of Possible Health Risk


Lactalis USA


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE --Turlock, CA -- January 12, 2004 ---Lactalis USA of Turlock, CA announced today that it is expanding the original voluntary recall dated 23 December 2003 of President brie soft-ripened cheese double cream in green foil (herb) or gold foil (plain) wedges in seven-ounce and six-ounce wedges because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The recalled President Brie soft-ripened cheese double cream in green foil (herb) or gold foil (plain) wedges in seven-ounce and six-ounce wedges was distributed nationwide in retail stores.

Lactalis USA is expanding the original recall as a safety precaution. No known illnesses have been associated with this product.

The product being recalled consists of seven-ounce and six-ounce sizes between the following lot codes. The lot code can be found on the bottom of the green foil or gold foil packaging.

"Sell by 01/10/04 307" to "Sell by 03/02/04 359" and all code dates in between

Consumers who have purchased this product are advised not to consume it and are asked to return it to the store where they purchased it. Refunds may be obtained at that time.

The Lactalis USA recall is being conducted in cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1 (866) 883-8687 for more information.



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