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Kerry Ingredients & Flavours Announces Voluntary Recall of Choco Fudge Peanut Ingredient Following Expanded FDA Investigation of Peanut Corporation of America

Contact:
Jim Egan
608-363-1200

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE --BELOIT, WI (February 2, 2009) – Kerry Ingredients & Flavours is voluntarily recalling a chocolate-covered peanut ingredient used in the manufacture of  ice cream because the  ingredient  contains split peanuts pieces sold by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), the current focus of an ongoing Salmonella investigation by the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA). On January 28, the FDA expanded its investigation of PCA to include all peanuts processed by PCA at its plant in Blakely, GA, since January 1, 2007, including dry and oil-roasted peanuts, granulated peanuts and peanut meal, in addition to peanut butter and peanut paste, which were the initial focus of the investigation.
 
Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Kerry is working closely with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration in the  recall of the following item which has been distributed to manufacturers and distributors based in Illinois, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin:

3-3955.424 MEDIUM CHOCO FUDGE PEANUTS

LOT NUMBER EXPIRATION

DATE

0208741301

8/8/2008

0322741301

9/22/2008

0330741301

9/30/2008

0424741301

10/24/2008

0607741301

12/7/2008

0626741301

12/26/2008

0907741301

3/7/2009

1113737801

5/13/2009

0207873802

8/20/2009

0513873801

11/13/2009

0627873804

12/27/2009

0905873802

3/5/2010

1103873801

5/3/2010

0106973802

6/6/2010

Any customer that is in possession of this product should provide lot number and quantity information to Scott Langston, Director of Quality Assurance and Technical Services at (608) 363-1357 and then destroy the product. The company has not received any consumer illness complaints about these products; however we are taking this precautionary step to safeguard our customers and consumers. Questions regarding this recall should be directed to Scott Langston.     

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