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Interstate Bakeries Issues Voluntary Recall of Mislabeled Merita Harvest Ridge French Club Rolls and 6 Grain Hoagie Rolls in Northern Florida and Central Alabama

Contact:
Maya Pogoda
310 788 2850

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Kansas City, Missouri -- July 27, 2005 -- Interstate Bakeries Corporation is voluntarily recalling two varieties of  Merita® Harvest Ridge rolls sold in northern Florida and central Alabama that do not list whey in the ingredient statement on the package label. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to whey or milk protein run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume the product.

The packaging error was limited in scope. A total of only 228 packages of the mislabeled products were distributed on July 25 and July 26. The company also noted that a number of these product were not purchased and have been removed from stores. No other MERITA Harvest Ridge products are part of this recall.

The company has not received any complaints or reports of illness related to this mislabeling. People who do not have milk protein allergies can eat the product without concern.

The products being recalled are:

  • Merita® Harvest Ridge 6 Grain Hoagie Rolls UPC 12200 04449
  • Merita® Harvest Ridge Brown N Serve French Club Rolls UPC 12200 04486

The packages of recalled rolls have either a blue or green colored Kwik Lok closure device.

A new product formulation had just been implemented when it was discovered that the whey used in the new formulation was not listed on the package ingredient statements.

Consumers who purchased these rolls and who are known to be allergic to milk proteins should contact Interstate Bakeries Consumer Affairs Office at 800-483-7253 for a refund. It is not necessary for customers without a milk protein allergy to return already purchased product.

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