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Recall -- Firm Press Release

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

Bill Ihle

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Medford, OR -- December 15, 2005 -- Harry & David Operations Corp., of Medford, Oregon, is recalling 360 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 only at Harry and David stores, and not distributed through mail order. The Black and Kalamata Olive Tapenade was distributed in 11 oz. glass jars. The lot code recalled is 28405-941H2. 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
Tapenade Olive"

The date of distribution to the Harry and David store locations ranges from November 17 through December 12, 2005. One unconfirmed illness has been reported to date.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that product had an unstable pH. The product was produced by a co-packer, Enterprise Custom Foods, Orange, CA, for Harry and David.

Harry & David Operations Corp., issued a recall press release on November 14, 2005, for a different lot of this product. The lot number for that batch was 23405-941H2. Because two lots of this product have proved to be unstable, Harry & David Operations Corp., has removed this product from sale and is asking for return of any Black and Kalamata Olive Tapenade, of any lot, purchased after August 1, 2005. If unsure of purchase date, customers may return product for a refund.

Consumers who have purchased or received the Olive Tapenade product, and wish a refund should call Customer Service at 1-800-345-5655. Consumers with questions also may contact the company at 1-800-345-5655.


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