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Jilbert Dairy Recalls Vanilla Supreme Ice Cream Because of Possible Health Risks

Contact:
John Jilbert
906-225-1363

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Marquette, MI -- May 11, 2005 -- Jilbert Dairy of Marquette, MI is recalling its pint and l/2 gallon packages of Vanilla Supreme ice cream 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 miscarriage and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The recalled Vanilla Supreme ice cream was distributed in retail stores across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and bordering Wisconsin counties.

The product comes in a pint and l/2 gallon paper container with a production number of 5053 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 by the Michigan Department of Agriculture revealed the presence of Listeria Monocytogenes in the pint and l/2 gallon packages of Vanilla Supreme ice cream.

Consumers who have purchased pint or l/2 gallon packages of Vanilla Supreme ice cream with the production code of 5053 stamped on the bottom are urged to return them to their retailer for a full refund. Consumers with questions can contact Jilbert Dairy at 1-888-292-3081.

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