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JCM, Ltd. Issues Recall of 972 Jars of Mislabeled Pesto

Rod Bambach

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Melrose Park, IL -- September 16, 2004 -- JCM, Ltd. of Melrose Park, IL, is recalling 972 jars of Pesto bearing the World Classics brand label. The recalled product contained walnuts and wheat meal which are not declared on the label. People who have allergies to walnuts or wheat run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. The product is otherwise wholesome and pure.

The jars of Pesto are identified as follows:

Brand: World Classics
UPC: 0 36800 18876 1
Product Description: Pesto
Size: 3 oz.
Code: Product of Italy 255183

The recalled jars of Pesto were distributed to Piggly-Wiggly Stores located in South Carolina and Georgia and Big Y Stores located in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the walnuts and wheat meal were distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of walnuts or wheat meal as ingredients. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. The problem has been corrected by JCM, Ltd and new labeling has been printed, listing all of the ingredients used to make the finished product.

Consumers with allergies to nuts or wheat, or any concern about allergies to nuts and wheat, who have purchased the World Classics brand Pesto in 3 oz. jars are urged to return them to the place of purchase for an exchange or full refund or to contact JCM, Ltd. to obtain a replacement label. Consumers with questions may contact JCM, Ltd. at 708/865-8000.


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