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This release, a revision of the release orignally posted on Oct. 28, 2005, includes additional distribution states.

Recall -- Firm Press Release

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Worthington Foods Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Egg And Milk In Worthington Choplets Vegetable and Grain Protein Patties

Contact:
Jill Saletta
269-961-3949

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- November 9, 2005 -- Battle Creek, MI --  Worthington Foods of Battle Creek, MI is recalling about 6,000 cans of Worthington Choplets Vegetable and Grain Protein Patties because they may contain undeclared egg and milk. People with an allergy or severe sensitivity to egg or milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

The affected cans of Worthington Choplets were distributed in Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota and Washington State through grocery and natural food retail stores and foodservice distributors.

The product is packaged in a 1 LB. 4 oz can with a green Worthington Choplets label and a bar code of 28989 22503. Only cans with a manufacturing code beginning with 06085 CS L stamped on the bottom of the can are included in this alert.

No allergic reactions have been reported to date.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the label for Worthington Choplets, which does not declare egg or milk, was mistakenly applied to a limited number of cans containing a veggie hot dog type product containing egg and milk. Subsequently the packaging does not reveal the presence of egg or milk.

Consumers who have a Worthington Choplets can with a bar code of 28989 22503 and a manufacturing code beginning 06085 CS L stamped on the bottom should call 1-800-557-6525.

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