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  Revisions have been made to this release to include distribution to the state of Oregon

Recall -- Firm Press Release

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Lappert's Ice Cream Recalls Banana Ice Cream Because of Possible Health Risk

Lappert's Ice Cream

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Richmond, CA -- July 13, 2005 -- Lappert's Ice Cream of Richmond California is recalling its Banana Caramel Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, 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 other 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.

There have been no reported instances of illness caused by this product, and Lappert's has removed the flavor from shelves. All other Lappert's flavors tested showed no contamination. It is thought the pathogen entered through the fresh bananas used as an ingredient.

The product was distributed to sub-accounts/retail stores throughout Western Washington and into Portland, OR and also in CA, San Francisco Bay area.

The product is sold in standard one pint ice cream cartons and is identified as "Banana Caramel Chocolate Chip". The product contains no date code.

The recall was a result of routine testing by the State of Washington Agriculture Department, which sampled several of the company's flavors. All flavors tested showed no problems, except for the recalled flavor. The company has ceased production of this flavor.

Anyone who has purchased this product is invited to return the un-used portion to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers with questions related to this recall can call Lappert's at 510 231 2340.


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