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Harry & David Recalls Black and Kalamata Olive Tapenade Because of Possible Health Risks

Contact:
Bill Ihle
(541) 864-2145

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Medford, OR -- November 16, 2005 -- Harry & David Operations Corp., of Medford, Oregon, is recalling 200 jars of Black and Kalamata Olive Tapenade because they have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can produce a toxin that can cause life-threatening illness or death. Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled.

Botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning, can cause the following symptoms: general weakness, dizziness, double-vision and trouble with speaking or swallowing. Difficulty in breathing, weakness of muscles, abdominal distension and constipation may also be common symptoms. People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention.

The Black and Kalamata Olive Tapenade was distributed throughout the United States at Harry and David retail stores. The Black and Kalamata Olive Tapenade was distributed in 11 oz. glass jars. The lot code recalled is 23405-941H2. The lot code is ink jetted with black ink on the shoulder of the glass jar. The item number is located on an adhesive label on the bottom of the jar. The adhesive label states:

"Harry and David 888905 Tapenade Olive" 

The date of distribution to the Harry and David retail store locations ranges from September 16 through September 26, 2005. No illnesses have been reported to date.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that product had an unstable pH, an indication of inadequate processing. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by a temporary breakdown in the co-packer's production and packaging processes. The product was produced by a co-packer, WDSR Foods, LLC, dba Hagerty Foods, now owned by Enterprise Custom Foods, Inc., Orange, CA, for Harry and David.

Consumers who have the Black and Kalamata Olive Tapenade product should discard the product or return the product to the place of purchase for a refund. Consumers with questions may also contact the company at 1-800-345-5655.

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