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Update: Schwan Expands Voluntary Recall of Ice Cream, Citing Possible Health Risk




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- (MARSHALL, MN – Feb. 27, 2009) Schwan's Global Supply Chain, Inc., in cooperation with the FDA, expanded its voluntary and precautionary recall of one ice cream product containing peanut products that were sourced from Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), which is the focus of an ongoing Salmonella 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. For more information on Salmonella, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Website at http://www.cdc.gov.

The initial recall affected seven product identification codes for ice cream product #216 Schwan's® Caramel Peanut Chocolate Bar.   As a cautionary measure, the recall has been expanded to include:

  • all 1.75 quart cartons of “#216 Schwan's® Caramel Peanut Chocolate Bar” ice cream (regardless of product identification codes).

The product was available for catalog or Internet purchase from Schwan's Home Service, Inc. by consumers nationwide. If you have any of this product, please contact your Customer Service Manager or call (800) 225-7192.

The issue was discovered when a peanut ingredient supplier confirmed that it had shipped product to Schwan's Global Supply Chain that was sourced from Peanut Corporation of America's Blakely, Georgia and Plainview, Texas facilities.

"Our number one priority is to provide safe, high-quality food to our customers,” said Jeff Varcoe, Vice President of Schwan's Food Safety and Quality. “We are voluntarily recalling this product as a precautionary measure to ensure our customers' safety and ask that they return any unused product to their Customer Service Manager on their next regularly scheduled visit.”

Anyone concerned about their health after consuming this product should contact a physician. Media questions for Schwan's Home Service, Inc. should be directed to Peggy Connot, Schwan's Public Relations at (507)-537-8550. Consumers with questions about the recall should contact Schwan's Home Service, Inc. at (800) 225-7192.


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