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Krisp-Pak Company, Inc. Recalls Fresh Cut Fruit Because of Possible Health Risk

Contact:
Krisp-Pak Company, Inc.
(757) 622-8440

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Norfolk, VA -- November 1, 2006 --- Krisp-Pak Company, Inc. of Norfolk, VA is recalling all lots of Krisp-Pak Brand packaged fresh cut fruit with expiration dates on or before 11/09/06, because it has 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 product comes in plastic containers in 4 ounce cups, 8 ounce cups, 1 pound cups, 3 pound tubs, 10" trays (2.5 pounds) and 13" trays (4.5 pounds) for retail suppliers. The product is packaged in 5 pound trays for foodservice suppliers. The products being recalled include individually packaged cantaloupe or honeydew or red grapes, and a mixture of the three. The recall is limited to these products only.

The recalled fresh cut fruit was distributed in the Hampton Roads and Richmond, VA areas and the Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh, NC areas through retail stores and foodservice distribution centers.

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

The recall was the result of a sampling program by the US Army Veterinary Services/Commissary Food Inspection Section which revealed that one container of the finished product contained Listeria monocytogenes. Krisp-Pak has ceased the production and distribution of the product as Krisp-Pak continues their investigation as to what caused the problem.

Consumers who have purchased Krisp-Pak Brand fresh cut fruit are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Krisp-Pak at 1-800-755-0746.

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