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International Gourmet Specialties Co. Announces Voluntary U.S. Recall of Traditional Basil Pesto Product


International Gourmet Specialties


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Pittsburgh, PA -- February 20, 2004 -- International Gourmet Specialties Co. announced today it is voluntarily recalling a limited amount of its Traditional Basil Pesto Sauce and Spread sold under the Classico® brand in the United States. The recall is due to a labeling error. Specifically, the back label does not identify that the product contains pine nuts, which is normally listed on the product as an allergen.

Individuals who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to pine nuts, peanuts or tree nuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening illness if they consume Traditional Basil Pesto product from Classico that contains the following codes:

UPC Code: 411296 (found on back label)
Lot numbers: VA3M08 or VA3M09 (found on cap)

Containers not bearing these codes are unaffected by this recall, nor are any other products sold under the Classico brand name. Classico Traditional Basil Pesto product sold in Canada with bi-lingual labels also is not affected by this recall.

Further, if you are not allergic to pine nuts, peanuts or tree nuts, recalled product is safe to consume.

The voluntary recall was initiated after it was discovered that some Classico Traditional Basil Pesto 10-ounce glass jars were mislabeled with back panels from another variety.

The product was produced over two days in December 2003 at the company’s facility in Pennsauken, New Jersey and likely has been distributed nationally.

Stores across the country have been notified of this recall and are pulling the product from their shelves.

Consumers with containers of the recalled Classico Traditional Basil Pesto product can return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact International Gourmet Specialties’ consumer affairs hotline at 1-888-337-2420.



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