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Fay's Foods Recalls Sandwiches and Salads Because of Possible Health Risks

Contact:
Fay's Foods Inc.
(818) 508-8392

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- North Hollywood, CA -- February 19, 2005 -- Fay's Foods inc. 10650 Burbank Blvd. North Hollywood California, is recalling it's individually packaged sandwiches and salads because they have 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 recalled sandwiches and salads were distributed in Southern California in retail stores.

The products are packaged in clear film or plastic containers, under the labels of Fay's and Just For You with Julian codes 05003 through 05049 stamped on the bottom.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in the clear film or plastic containers of sandwiches and salads.

The production of the products have been suspended while the California Department of Health Services Food And Drug Branch and USFDA and Fay's Foods Inc. continue to investigate the source of the problem.

Consumers who have purchased the clear film, or plastic containers of sandwiches and salads under the labels of Fay's and Just For You are urged to return them to Fay's Foods at 10650 Burbank Blvd. North Hollywood California, or the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with any questions may contact Fay's Foods Inc. at (818) 508-8392.

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