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Amy's Kitchen Voluntarily Recalls Mislabeled Black Bean Enchilada Whole Meal Packages; Several Hundred May Contain Cheese Enchilada Whole Meal (Undeclared Cheese)

Bill Twieg, Technical Director

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- SANTA ROSA, Calif., Oct 5, 2004 -- Amy's Kitchen today announced it is voluntarily recalling, from distribution in the Eastern time zone and certain states in the Midwest, a small amount of Whole Meal Enchilada with Spanish Rice and Beans due to possible mislabeling. These whole meals bear the lot # F174C. Some retail packages may actually contain Cheese Enchilada Whole Meals (undeclared cheese), which are wholesome and safe, but can cause allergic reactions if consumed by any individuals allergic to milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to dairy products run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume the product. Consumers without milk allergies can consume the product and rest assured that the meal meets Amy's Kitchen high standards of quality.

The issue came to the company's attention when two consumers called about the possibility that the product contained cheese. No illnesses have been reported.

The company will also issue an alert via the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network.

The 10 ounce frozen product comes in a retail package labeled Whole Meal Enchilada with Spanish Rice and Beans (UPC 42272 00051), with lot number F174C embossed on a side panel. The packages were packed in June of 2004. Distribution was to two Amy's East Coast distribution centers, which in turn distributed the product to retailers. It is estimated that fewer than 350 meals (retail packages) of the 24,444 produced on that day may actually contain mislabeled product. To be cautious, Amy's is withdrawing 4,800 meals of the product from all states in the Eastern time zone in addition to Alabama, Arkansas, Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri and Kansas .

For instructions and/or questions, consumers may call the company collect at 1-707-578-7753. Alternatively, consumers can call 1-707-578-7270. Consumers who are allergic to milk ingredients should dispose of the product, keep the package and call for a full refund. Consumers who are not allergic to milk ingredients can consume the product or call for a full refund.


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