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Thorn Apple Valley
Press Release
April 14, 1999
Contact: Joel Dorfman
(248) 213-1043

Thorn Apple Valley Products Safe, Wholesome and Better Than Ever

Southfield, MI (SafetyAlerts) - Thorn Apple Valley Products are safe, wholesome and better than ever. All products currently on the store shelves or in distribution have been produced under one of the most comprehensive food safety programs in the industry. All these products were produced under inspection by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

A press release issued yesterday by the USDA has clearly caused unnecessary alarm and confusion. The USDA said that products produced by the Dixie Foods Division in Forrest City, Ark may not be fit for human consumption and should not be eaten. Thorn Apple Valley would like to clarify the confusion caused by the press release.

  • The USDA press release yesterday was not notification of a recall.
  • The only products mentioned in the press release were produced at the Forrest City, AR. plant and were voluntarily recalled by TAV on January 22, 1999.
  • Since the January 22 recall, all Forrest City, AR. produced products on hand were voluntarily withheld from the marketplace and none of it will be sold for human consumption.
  • The USDA has confirmed that no one has become ill as a result of eating Thorn Apple Valley products identified in the press release.

"I want to reiterate that all Thorn Apple Valley products currently on store shelves or in distribution to the stores have been produced under one of the most comprehensive food safety programs in the industry. All these products were produced under inspection by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Only products produced at Forrest City before December 31st of last year were subject to the January 22nd recall," Joel Dorfman TAV President and CEO said.

Again, the products discussed yesterday by the USDA were produced before December 31, 1998 and were voluntarily recalled by the company on January 22, 1999. It is very unlikely that anyone will still have product in his or her freezer since it was recalled almost three months ago. But, Thorn Apple Valley would like consumers to check if they do have old meat products in their freezer. The products bear "EST 13529" or "EST 13529P" somewhere on the package.