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Urgent - Food Recall Because of Possible Health Risk

Contact:
Vince Lammers
(315) 926-3314

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Marion, NY -- September 28, 2004 -- Seneca Foods Corporation, Marion, NY is announcing a voluntary recall of 42,085 cases of canned 15 oz sliced beets and no salt sliced beets due to the potential for the product to be underprocessed. While no illnesses have been reported, there is a possibility that the product could be contaminated with harmful microorganisms. Sliced beet and no salt sliced beet products with these codes should not be eaten even if it does not look or smell spoiled. The company is now retrieving the product from its distribution system and store shelves.

The recall extends to several labels including Libby’s, Stokely’s, Always Save, America’s Choice, American Value, D&W, Dominick’s, Flavorite, Food Club, Foodland, Friday, Goya, Green Valley, Harris-Teeter, Hill Country Fare, Kroger, Ligo, Parade, Piggly Wiggly, Promos, Publix, Wylwood, Shop N Save, Shurfine, Southern Home, Sysco Classic, Thrifty Maid, US Blue.

The cans are marked with a two line format. Any combination of these codes are being recalled.

TOP LINE (seven digits)BOTTOM LINE
G4CG16_ to 29_3125J; 3125D; 3234J; 3234D; 5339J; 5339D; 3153J;3153D;3160J; 3160D
H4CG18_ to 31_3125J; 3125D; 3234J; 3234D; 5339J; 5339D; 3153J;3153D;3160J; 3160D
I4CG01_ to 11_3125J; 3125D; 3234J; 3234D; 5339J; 5339D; 3153J;3153D;3160J; 3160D
H4EI04_ to 11_32292; 32342; 31532

This product has shipped between July 27th and September 24 th to grocery outlets in the following states:

Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. Limited international distribution has also occurred.

No other beet product styles including pickled, whole, diced, shoestring, crinkled sliced are affected.

The company has notified the Food and Drug Administration of its voluntary action and is in the process of identifying and correcting the cause of the potential underprocessing.

Consumers with this product should return it for a full refund to the retail outlet where it was purchased. Consumers who want more information may call Seneca Foods Consumer Affairs, 1-866-336-8700.

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