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Price Chopper Recalls Smoked Mussels for Possible Listeria

Contact:
Mona Golub
518-379-1480

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Schenectady, NY -- July 9, 2004 -- Responding to a recall from New England Smoked Seafood, Inc., Price Chopper Supermarkets is voluntarily recalling 4oz. Packed Smoked Mussels with a specific "Best If Used By: August 25, 2004" date.

The product has 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 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 Smoked Mussels were distributed to Price Chopper retail stores in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and Pennsylvania. The packages were packed in a 4 oz. Vacuum-packed bags labeled as "Chef Noel's New England Smoked Seafood Applewood Smoked Mussels Vermont Made".

The firm was notified of the findings of Listeria monocytogenes by the State of New York Department of Agriculture and Markets during a routine sampling collection. The FDA was also notified of this problem.

There have been no reported illnesses to date.

Customers may return the product to Price Chopper for a full refund. Any consumers having questions may call Price Chopper's Consumer Services Department at 1-800-666-7667, Option 3.

For further information, contact Mona J. Golub, Director of Public Relations and Consumer Services at (518) 379-1480.

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