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Recall -- Firm Press Release

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Smart & Final Recalls Chef's Review® Nonfat Dry Milk Because of Possible Health Risk

Randall Oliver

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Commerce, CA -- September 28, 2004 -- Smart & Final Stores of Commerce, California is recalling 5 pound Chef’s Review Nonfat Dry Milk because it may be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Consumers with the above symptoms should consult their physician.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The recall was initiated after Smart & Final’s packer, Custom Foods Incorporated of Santa Fe Springs, California was notified that its supplier, Michigan Milk Producers of Novi, Michigan had received notice of a positive test for salmonella in the product as a result of a USDA inspection of their plant in Constantine, Michigan. Michigan Milk Producers independent testing did not detect the organism and USDA inspectors are retesting the plant and awaiting results.

The affected product was distributed through Smart & Final retail stores in California and Nevada.

The product is packed in a brown 5-pound bag with the brand name “Chef’s Review”. Recalled lots can be identified by a sticker located on the bottom right-hand side of the back panel containing the Use By Date 12-14-2005 and the lot code 425801 or the Use By Date 12-21-2005 and the lot code 426501.

Smart & Final stands behind all of its private label products and follows the most stringent quality assurance practices. Consistent with Smart & Final’s guarantee, consumers who have purchased this product are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Smart & Final at 1-800-894-0511.


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