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Harry & David Recalls Harry and David Chocolate Covered Pear Bites Because They may Contain Undeclared Almonds, Egg and Wheat Ingredients

Contact:
Bill Ihle
541 864-2145

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Medford, OR -- July 21, 2006 -- Harry & David Operations Corp., of Medford, Oregon, is recalling approximately 2700 bags of Chocolate Covered Pear Bite candies because the packages may also contain Key Lime Cookie Bite candies. Both products are spherical, lime-green colored candies. The Key Lime Cookie Bite candies look similar to the Pear Bite candies, but they contain almond, egg and wheat ingredients.

People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to almonds, egg or wheat run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

Harry & David is recalling all Chocolate Covered Pear Bites with a Lot Code of 037061 printed in black ink on the bottom of the bag. These candies are packaged in clear plastic 8 oz. bags, tied with a tan ribbon at the top.

These products were produced and packaged by Marich Confectionery Company and distributed throughout the United States through Harry and David Stores.

There have been no illnesses reported to date associated with this product. Anyone concerned about an illness related to this product should contact a physician immediately. If anyone has experienced an injury or reaction related to this recall, they should contact their local FDA Office.

The mixing of products occurred during packaging, when the wrong product was put into a hopper. Existing product separation procedures will be reinforced to prevent recurrence.

Consumers with questions about the recalled product may phone the Customer Service division at 800-345-5655, 24 hours a day. Customers may arrange for refunds through this number as well.

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