Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Prairie Farms Dairy Announces Voluntary Nationwide Recall Because of Possible Health Risk

Prairie Farms Dairy has initiated a recall of two of its ice cream products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, 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.

These ice creams are sold in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia in retail stores. The peanut-containing ice creams included in this recall are:

* Half-Gallon Central Dairy Candy Bar Whirl Ice Cream, Central Dairy, Jefferson City, MO, UPC 073948-06313, Lots 15108 through 01209
* 56 oz. Old Recipe Candy Bar Ice Cream, Prairie Farms, Carlinville, IL, UPC 72730-72008, Best by: April 14, 2008 through January 15, 2010

No other ice cream products are involved in this recall. There have been no reported illnesses related to our products to date.

The Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), a supplier to Prairie Farms Dairy, initiated a recall of the peanut ingredient used to make the recalled products, which is why we are conducting this recall.

Prairie Farms Dairy is notifying direct customers by phone and/or in writing of the recalled products that contain PCA’s peanuts. Consumers with recalled products may either discard them or return them to the store of purchase for a refund. Consumers with questions may contact Prairie Farms Dairy at 1-800-421-3459 (M-F, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST). Consumers may also visit the FDA website at www.fda.gov for an updated list of products being recall because of this problem.

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