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October 21, 1999

Allergy Alert - Austin Quality Foods Issues Recall of SeAnimals Cookies for Undeclared Soy

Cary, NC (SafetyAlerts) - Austin Quality Foods Inc. has issued a voluntary recall of all 48-ounce packages of SeAnimals cookies because they may contain soy protein, that is not included on the product label.

Individuals who are allergic to soy protein may run the risk of serious or life-threatening reactions if the cookies are consumed.   Austin Quality Foods is not aware of any illnesses or other complications in connection with this recall.  The company is taking this action to minimize the risk of allergic reactions that may occur in individuals with a sensitivity to soy.

The affected packages were distributed nationwide and in Canada between March and October 1999.

The undeclared soy protein was contained in a flavoring used to produce 48-ounce packages of SeAnimals. Austin's flavoring supplier substituted a soy-based ingredient for a whey-based ingredient without approval.

Consumers may return 48-ounce packages of SeAnimals to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Austin Quality Foods is setting up a toll-free response line for consumers with questions about this recall. After noon Thursday, consumers may call 1-800-661-3347.
(NOTE* - As of 11:45 EST, 10/21/99 this line had not yet been activated.  Austin Quality Foods expects the line to be available shortly).

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