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Allergy Alert Issued in Arizona for Country Farms® Old Fashioned Wheat Bread

Matt Hall
(314) 259-7223

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- St. Louis, MO -- April 20, 2004 -- Earthgrains Baking Companies, Inc., is voluntarily recalling loaves of Country Farms ® Old Fashioned Wheat Bread exclusively sold and distributed at Albertsons, Inc., stores in Arizona because they contain buttermilk, which is not listed as an ingredient on the package.

Consumption of this bread by people who have an allergy or sensitivity to milk may result in a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction. However, this product only poses a potential hazard to milk-allergic and milk-sensitive individuals. The company has not received any consumer complaints regarding this bread.

The 16-ounce packaged bread loaves have been removed from store shelves and are no longer available for purchase, but some loaves may remain in consumer possession.

The recall applies only to Country Farms Old Fashioned Wheat Bread sold in Arizona with a purchase-by date of April 30 or earlier. The purchase-by date is printed in ink on the front of the bread bag in the following format: “BEST IF PURCHASED BY APR 30.” The recall does not apply to any other Country Farms brand products, which are sold exclusively by Albertsons, Inc. Consumers may return bread loaves to any Arizona Albertsons store for a full refund.

Earthgrains Baking Companies, Inc., the baker of Country Farms Old Fashioned Wheat Bread in Arizona, is working with Albertsons, Inc., and the Food and Drug Administration in undertaking a voluntary recall of this product. The mislabeled product was discovered during a routine audit of the company’s Phoenix bakery. The company has also notified the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network of the voluntary recall.

Consumers who may have questions or concerns should call the Earthgrains Baking Companies, Inc., toll-free consumer line at (800) 323-7117. The consumer line is available from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time Mondays through Fridays ( 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central Standard Time). For after-hours calls, messages may be left, and they will be returned by the end of the next business day.