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El Burrito Mexican Food Products Recalls Guacamole Products Because of Possible Health Risk -- REVISED Additional UPC Code


Frank Perez or Mark Roth
626-369 7828


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- City of Industry, CA -- March 2, 2004 -- El Burrito Mexican Food Products, Inc., is recalling Springfield Brand- 8 oz plastic cups; and El Burrito Brand, 8 and 11 oz. cups of Guacamole, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes s an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with a weakened immune system. 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 affected products were distributed in independent and chain supermarkets throughout Southern California , Arizona , Nevada and Hawaii .

The 8-ounce cups of Springfield Guacamole have a Universal Product Code (UPC) code of 41380 55230. "Sell by" date tags on the container lids are between 4/3/04 and 4/24/04.

The El Burrito Guacamole in 8 oz. cups have a UPC code of 36998 08260. The 11 ounce products have a UPC codes of 36998 00260, and 36998 12260. "Sell by" date tags on the container lids are between 4/3/04 and 4/24/04 .

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this recall.

The recall was initiated after El Burrito Mexican Foods Products, Inc. sampled raw material avocado pulp and found that it contained Listeria monocytogenes.

Production and distribution of this product has been temporarily suspended.

Consumers who purchased the above mentioned, El Burrito and Springfield Fresh Guacamole products are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 626-369-7828 between the hours of 8am -- 5pm Monday through Friday PST.

This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the Food and Drug Administration.