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Hans Kissle Recalls Tuna Salad Because of Possible Health Risk

Contact:
Hans Kissle
978-556-4500

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Haverhill, MA -- March 14, 2005 -- Hans Kissle is conducting a voluntary recall of all prepared tuna fish salad sold in the retail deli section 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.

Hans Kissle tuna fish salad is available for purchase in the deli section of select supermarkets under the Hans Kissle, Shaw's, Stop & Shop and Block & Barrel label. The product subject to recall is tuna salad in five lb. and 8 oz. containers with sell-by dates between March 15th and March 31th, 2005.

"As part of our continuous quality control checking system at all levels of manufacturing and distribution, possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes was identified”, states Steve Zenlea, president of Hans Kissle. "As a rapid response to this finding, we have immediately and voluntarily recalled all tuna fish salad from the marketplace in Mass, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York and New Jersey.

No illnesses have been reported related to this voluntary recall. If any of this tuna fish salad remains at home, consumers should return the product to these stores for a full refund.

Hans Kissle and all affiliated retailers apologize for any inconvenience, and remain committed to constantly monitor the quality of all food products to assure the safety and satisfaction of all customers. For additional information, please call Hans Kissle at 978-556-3100 ext.248.

Hans Kissle manufactures a wide variety of premium salads and foods under their own name and private label. No other Hans Kissle products are affected nor have they been involved in this recall.

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