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Wells' Dairy Announces Voluntary Recall of Select Blue Bunny® Products Because of Possible Health Risk
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Le Mars, Iowa (January 29, 2009) – Wells' Dairy, Inc., is voluntarily recalling all Blue Bunny® No Sugar Added Reduced Fat Bunny Tracks® ice cream sold at retail and foodservice levels in 1.75 qt plastic containers with All Codes displaying "Best Used By" dates prior to January 29, 2010. Best used by date is located on the bottom of the carton.
Wells' Dairy is also voluntarily recalling one lot of Blue Bunny Personals® Bunny Tracks 8 fl oz. sold at retail and foodservice levels with lot number – 80024 D19114 "Best Used By" date 09/11/09. The lot number can be found printed on the side of the carton.
No other Blue Bunny products are impacted by the recall.
The Company initiated the voluntary recall in response to an expanded recall by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA). PCA's expanded recall now includes all peanuts and peanut-related products from PCA's Blakely, Georgia, plant from January 2007 to present. The FDA is investigating an outbreak of Salmonella targeted at PCA's Blakely plant.
Wells' Dairy has not received any consumer illness complaints associated with its products. However, it is taking precautionary steps, including removing the impacted products from retail store shelves and the entire distribution system.
"We are proud of our long heritage of creating high-quality ice cream and frozen treats," said Mike Wells, chief executive officer of Wells' Dairy. "The health and safety of our consumers is our number one priority, and we're taking this action as a precautionary measure."
Consumers who have purchased the recalled products should return them to the store where they were purchased for a full refund. Anyone requiring more information should contact Wells' Dairy consumer affairs at 1-800-331-0830.
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. For more information on Salmonella, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Website at http://www.cdc.gov.