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The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Egg in Rice Krispy Treats

Contact:
Terry Mansky
(310) 237-2394

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Los Angeles, CA -- June 9, 2005 -- The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®, of Los Angeles, California is recalling its 3 ounce Rice Krispy Treats because they may contain undeclared egg whites. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to egg run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The product was distributed in the Southern California area through over-the-counter sales at local Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf houses. The product is wrapped in clear cellophane with a beige and black label identifying the product and ingredient information.

The company is aware of one consumer complaint of an allergic reaction.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the product containing egg was distributed in packaging that did not specifically reveal the presence of egg. Subsequent investigation indicates that the problem was caused by a labeling oversight on the part of the Company's outside vendor.

Consumers who have purchased any of these products from any Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf houses are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-TEA-LEAF.

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