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April 13, 2001

Primo Hearty Soups Recalls Two Ready-To-Serve Soups

Toronto (SafetyAlerts) - Primo Foods Company is warning the public not to consume the varieties of PRIMO Hearty Soups identified in the table below. These products may have been under-processed and there is a risk for the presence of bacteria that may be harmful, including the Clostridium botulinum bacteria.

The Company has received several reports of gastro-intestinal illnesses. No reports of C. botulinum have been received.

The products have been distributed nationally in Canada and with very limited distribution in the United States. The company stated they believe there were fewer than 3,500 cases distributed to the U.S. and distribution was primarily limited to eastern states, however could not provide a list of distribution points in the U.S.  No other Primo Foods products are affected by this recall.

Botulism is a life-threatening illness and initial symptoms are generally nausea and vomiting followed by blurred/double vision, difficulty in speaking, swallowing, general fatigue, lack of muscle coordination and respiratory impairment. Food contaminated with C. botulinum may not look or smell spoiled. The products should not be consumed by humans or animals.

Product Description UPC Code

PRIMO Hearty Soups

Clam Chowder
ready-to-serve soup
525 ml

Canada Only
0 5590000568 6

PRIMO Hearty Soups Cream of Mushroom
with Portobello Mushrooms ready-to-serve soup
540 ml

Canada Only
0 5590000593 8

PRIMO Hearty Soups Clam Chowder
ready-to-serve soup
539 g

US Only
0 5590030568 7

PRIMO Hearty Soups Cream of Mushroom
with Portobello Mushrooms ready-to-serve soup
539 g

US Only
0 5590030593 9

Primo Foods Company (Toronto, ON) is voluntarily recalling the affected products. Consumers should dispose of them immediately but should retain the labels for reimbursement by Primo Foods. Consumers can contact the Consumer Response Centre at 1 (877) 554-3577, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (DST). Consumers can forward the original label directly to Primo Foods Company at 2150 Lakeshore Blvd. West, Toronto, Ontario, M8V 1A3.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is monitoring the effectiveness of this recall.

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafetyAlerts subscribers April 13, 2001.  For more information regarding the SafetyAlerts free email alert service please click here.

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