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Recall Notification Report 034-98
October 9, 1998

Recall Notification Report

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
FOOD SAFETY AND INSPECTION SERVICE

Product(s) Recalled: Heinz Building Block 2 Vegetable Chicken Dinner (baby food), 4-oz containers
Production Dates/Identifying Codes: November 6, 1997 production with Julian date; code: P3117WB
Problem/Reason for Recall: Contains high concentrations of lead
How/When Discovered: FDA sporadically pulls food off shelf to analyze for its Market Basket Survey. Two jars tested by FDA contained lead concentrations of 194 ppb and 186 ppb. Company tests found similar levels.
Federal Establishment: P-51, H. J. Heinz Co., Pittsburgh, Pa.
Corporate Contact: Deb Magness, 412-237-5806
Quantity Recalled: 371,800 jars—one day’s production estimated at 371,800 jars
Distribution: Distributed to retail food stores nationwide
Recall Classification: Class 1
Recall Notification Level: To consumer level
Press Release: FSIS-98-RC-16
Direct Notification Means: Company contacting customers
FSIS Followup Activities: Effectiveness checks
Other Agencies Involved: FDA
FSIS Contacts:
  • Compliance/Recall Coordinator: 202-418-8872
  • Emergency Response: 202-501-7521
  • Media Inquiries: 202-720-9113
  • Congressional Inquiries: 202-720-3897
  • Consumer Inquiries: 1-800-535-4555
Date of Recall Meeting: October 8, 1998
Recall Case Number: EP 034-98