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Recall -- Firm Press Release

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Zander's Creamery, Inc. Recalls Certain Additional Butterine Products Sold in Wisconsin Because of Possible Health Risk

Timon Zander
(608) 798-3261

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Cross Plains, WI -- April 23, 2004 -- Zander's Creamery, Inc., of Cross Plains, Wisconsin is recalling certain Zander's labeled Butter Blend Margarine (60% butter and 40% margarine) products with an expiration date of June 28, 2004, because they have 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 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 butterine products in this recall are in addition to the Zander's Creamery butter and butterine products that were recalled on April 15, 2004. The butterine products being recalled were sold under the label Zander's Butter Margarine Blends. The products were sold in various stores located in Wisconsin in 1 lb. prints and packed in a 1 lb. quartered carton with an expiration date of June 28, 2004. The recall is limited to only those products with an expiration date of June 28, 2004.

To date no illnesses have been confirmed in connection with this problem.

The recall was the result of routine sampling by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, the Food and Drug Administration and the company which revealed that the finished products contained the bacteria. The company has ceased the production and distribution of its products as it continues their investigation as to what caused the problem.

Consumers who have purchased affected butter products are urged to return them to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-608-798-3261.