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Greek Foods & Gifts Direct, Inc. Recalls Provato Brand Manouri Cheese Because of Possible Health Risk

Contact:
Greek Foods & Gifts Direct, Inc.
(800) 655-1488

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- New Jersey -- December 17, 2004 -- Greek Foods & Gifts Direct, Inc. of New Jersey is recalling 387 cases (36-400 gram packages per case) of Provato brand Manouri Traditional Greek Cheese because it 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 Manouri cheese is white and vacuum-packed in plastic bags, square cut, bearing a red & blue label with the brand name of Provato, and having an expiration date of 21-06-2005. The imported cheese was partly sold in New Jersey, New York, Virginia, California and Illinois through retail stores.

The recall was the result of a routine sampling program by the FDA which revealed that the cheese contained the bacteria, after the product had been released by the FDA in error.

Consumers who have purchased the affected 400 gram packages of Provato brand Manouri Cheese are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-655-1488.

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