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Lappert's Ice Cream, Inc. Recalls Ice Cream Because of Possible Health Risk

Contact:
Lappert's Ice Cream, Inc.
510-231-2340

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Richmond, CA -- August 10, 2005 -- Lappert's Ice Cream, Inc. of Richmond, CA is recalling its 8 ounce, pint, 1.5 gallon and 3 gallon packages of ice cream, all flavors, 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 miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The recalled ice cream was distributed to California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Arizona, and Illinois. The ice cream may have been distributed to other States by Lappert's wholesale accounts. The 1.5 and 3 gallon containers were distributed to Ice Cream shops; pint and 8 ounce containers to retail outlets.

The 1.5 and 3 gallon containers are packed in round cardboard tubs; the 8 ounce and pint containers are packed in smaller round cardboard containers. All packaging is labeled Lappert's Ice Cream (plant number 06-6919). All lots of all flavors produced on or before August 4, 2005 are under recall. All product with a code of 216 or lower, or no code, on the bottom of the tub is under recall.

Future products produced after August 4th, 2005 with corresponding Julian date of 217 or higher coded on the bottom on the 1.5 and 3 gallon tubs, or date coded on the pint containers are not affected by this recall.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The potential for contamination was noted after testing by the State of Washington Health Department revealed the presence of  Listeria monocytogenesin a pint container of Banana Carmel Chocolate Chip packed by Lappert's ice Cream. Testing at the firm's manufacturing site in Richmond, CA by the Food and Drug Administration confirmed the presence of  Listeria monocytogenes on some production equipment.

Consumers who have purchased Lappert's ice cream are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at Lappert's at 510-231-2340.

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