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Recall -- Firm Press Release

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E.A. Sween Company Expands Voluntary Product Recall

Robert Linner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Eden Prairie, MN -- March 18, 2005 -- E.A. Sween Company announced today that it is taking extraordinary measures to ensure the safety of its products by expanding last week's voluntary recall of Deli Express Turkey & Cheese Sandwiches with the code number 450191 to include the code number 450464, as 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.

"Since the initial announcement 10 days ago E. A. Sween Company has been actively recovering all products impacted by this expanded voluntary recall, " states E.A. Sween Company VP Marketing Tom Sween. "There have been no known illnesses related to this voluntary recall."

As a precautionary measure, E.A. Sween Company is also withdrawing the following products; Deli Style Stacker, Turkey & Cheese, Ham & Swiss on Rye, Ham & Cheese White, Turkey Club, Classic Ham & Cheese Sub, Classic Italian Sub, Grilled Ham & Cheese and Chopped Ham & Cheese Sub with a six digit manufacture code that starts with the number "4".

These sandwiches were distributed in select convenience stores and vending machines nationwide. Consumers are asked to check any purchased Deli Express sandwich mentioned above, and return product to the convenience store of purchase or call E.A. Sween Company.

E.A. Sween Company's number one concern is the safety of its consumers. Consumers with questions are asked to call 866-787-8862 for information.


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