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Cold Stone Creamery and FDA Issue Nationwide Alert on Possible Health Risk Associated With "Cake Batter" Ice Cream

Contact:
Anne Christenson
480-296-8253
Jami Clark
480-296-8246

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- July 1, 2005 -- Cold Stone Creamery together with the FDA are notifying the public that products containing "cake batter" ice cream sold at Cold Stone Creamery stores may be associated with outbreaks of Salmonella Typhimurium infection in four states.

As a precautionary measure, Cold Stone Creamery was quick to respond and is voluntarily removing all cake batter products from all of its stores throughout the country. Consumers who may have purchased take-home cake batter products should not eat them but return it to the store for a full refund.

Cake Batter's possible contamination with this organism came to light after outbreaks of infection with this form of Salmonella were reported in Minnesota, Washington state, Oregon and Ohio. Some of the people reporting this illness also reported consuming cake batter at a Cold Stone Creamery shortly before the onset of their illness.

Salmonella Typhimurium is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in small children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy people may only suffer short-term symptoms, such as high fever, severe headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Long term complications can include arthritis.

Individuals who believe they have become ill as a result of eating Cake Batter products should consult their health care provider and contact their local health department.

Cold Stone Creamery is committed to the safety and welfare of its customers, and is working with FDA, the U.S. Center for Disease Control as well as with state health departments to identify the source of this problem, and will keep the public aware as more information develops.

For more information regarding this issue or learn more about Cold Stone Creamery, visit http://www.coldstonecreamery.com or call 480-348-1704.

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