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River Ranch Fresh Foods, LLC Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Walnuts and Pecans in Popeye® Caf? Parisian Complete Salad Kit

Bruce Knobeloch
(800) 538-5868


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Salinas, CA -- May 20, 2004 -- River Ranch Fresh Foods, LLC of Salinas, CA is recalling 16 oz. size Popeye® Café Parisian Complete Salad Kit, because it may contain undeclared walnuts and pecans. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to walnuts and pecans run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

Popeye® Café Parisian Complete Salad Kit was distributed to 71 Costco Wholesale Warehouses in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico and Arizona.

The product is packaged in flexible plastic bags and can be identified by Use By Code Date of June 2, 2004 or prior. The UPC number is 0-45388-81023-0. No other Popeye® and/or River Ranch products are affected by this recall.

This situation was identified by a consumer who had an allergic reaction after eating the complete salad kit. No other illnesses have been reported to date. The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the product that may contain walnuts and pecans was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of these nutmeats. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem may have been caused by the supplier inadvertently mixing walnuts and pecans with almonds (which was the only nut labeled). This situation has been corrected.

Consumers who have purchased Popeye® Café Parisian Complete Salad Kit are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-866-446-6192.


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