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M&P Fine Foods Dba Bento & Co Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Soybeans, Wheat, Yellow #5, And Yellow #6 in Asian Noodle Bowl Vegetarian Yakisoba and Asian Noodle Bowl Yakisoba w/Vegetables

Contact:
Mindy Park
425-787-5864

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Lynnwood, WA -- June 25, 2004 -- M&P Fine Foods dba Bento & Co, Lynnwood, WA is recalling its 12 ounce packages of Asian noodle bowl VEGETARIAN YAKISOBA and Asian noodle bowl yakisoba w/vegetables because they contain undeclared soybeans, wheat, yellow #5, and yellow #6. People who have allergies to soybeans run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The recalled Asian noodle bowl VEGETARIAN YAKISOBA and Asian noodle bowl yakisoba w/vegetables were distributed throughout the Puget Sound, Washington area in retail stores, institutions, and cafeterias.

The products come in a 12 ounce, clear plastic package with "0629" or "0627" ink stamped on a sticker on the top of the package.

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

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the soybeans, wheat, yellow #5 and yellow #6 containing products were distributed in packaging that did not reveal their presence. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by a temporary breakdown in the company's production and packaging processes.

Production of the product has been suspended until FDA and the company are certain that the problem has been corrected.

Consumers who have purchased 12 ounce packages of Asian noodle bowl VEGETARIAN YAKISOBA and Asian noodle bowl yakisoba w/vegetables are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-425-787-5864

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