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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Media Contact: Mark D. Witmer
Kohler Mix Specialties, Inc.
c/o Tunheim Santrizos PH
612-851-1600

KOHLER MIX SPECIALTIES BROADENS PRODUCT RECALL BECAUSE OF POSSIBLE HEALTH RISK

White Bear Lake, MN Feb. 6 -- Kohler Mix Specialties, Inc. announced today that it is broadening a recall of cartoned milk products produced at its White Bear Lake, MN plant. As a precaution, Kohler Mix is today recalling ALL cartoned products produced at its White Bear Lake, MN plant. The plant code of "PLT 27-416" is found on the top seal of the carton along with the use by date. This information is printed in black ink. A complete listing of the products under recall follows the body of this release. On February 2, 1999 Kohler announced a recall of certain single-serve 2% milk in 10 ounce cartons. Since the recall started, tests on two unsealed cartons of 2% milk in 10 ounce cartons returned from the marketplace have indicated the potential for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms, such as fever, headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, from listeria infection.

The source of the possible contamination is unknown at this time. Kohler Mix has done extensive testing of production samples. All samples have tested negative for the presence of listeria.

There has been no report of a serious illness related to the products subject to the recall. Consumers are advised to NOT consume these products and should return the items to the store or outlet where they purchased the products for a refund. Consumers can call Kohler Mix at 800-446-0994 for further information. Officials from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have been advised of the situation and are working with Kohler Mix to monitor the recall.

James Kohler, President of Kohler Mix Specialties, Inc., commented, "We take our commitment to quality very seriously. We have decided to take this precautionary measure to ensure consumer safety."

Kohler Mix management stressed that the products subject to the recall are only cartons from the noted production dates at its White Bear Lake plant. None of Kohler's production from its Sulphur Springs, TX plant is affected and no other products produced at the White Bear Lake plant are affected. Management also stressed that all cartoned production lines at the White Bear Lake facility are undergoing a thorough inspection. Production of cartoned products is expected to resume on February 7, 1999. As an additional precaution, Kohler has enhanced its "test and release" process whereby all cartoned products will undergo additional quality assurance measures prior to shipping.



The following products are subject to the recall, the products will have a "use by date" on or between the dates listed below. All of these products have the plant code of PLT 27-416.

Brand Carton Size Product Description WITH A "USE BY" DATE:
Becker's Quart Ultra-Pasteurized Heavy Whipping Cream March 16 thru April 13
Becker's Quart Ultra-Pasteurized 40% Heavy Whipping Cream March 06 thru April 05
Dairy Fresh Quart Half & Half Jan 20 thru Feb 21
Hardees Half Pint Ultra-Pasteurized 2% Milkfat Vitamin A&D Feb 10 thru March 19
Kemps Pint Ultra-Pasteurized Half & Half March 07 thru April 06
Kemps Pint Ultra-Pasteurized Heavy Whipping Cream March 01 thru March 22
Kemps Pint Sweetened Fat Free Half & Half Ultra-Pasteurized March 06 thru April 07
Kemps Quart Dairy Good Lactose Reduced Lowfat Milk * 2% Milkfat Feb 14 thru March 22
Kemps Quart Dairy Good Lactose Reduced Lowfat Milk * 1% Milkfat Feb 14 thru March 22
Kemps Quart Dairy Good Lactose Reduced NONFAT Milk Feb 14 thru March 15
Kemps 8oz Ultra-Pasteurized Heavy Whipping Cream March 01 thru April 05
Kemps 8oz 2% Lowfat Milk Feb 11 thru March 24
Kemps 8oz Skim Milk Feb 15 thru March 13
Kemps 8oz Swiss Style Chocolate Lowfat Milk Feb 27 thru March 30
Kohler Mix Specialties 10oz 1% Lowfat Milk Feb 14 thru March 22
Kohler Mix Specialties Quart Ultra-Pasteurized Artificially Flavored Sweetened Whipping Cream March 28 thru May 05
Kohler Mix Specialties Half Pint Ultra-Pasteurized 2% Milkfat Vitamin A&D Feb 28 thru March 24
Kohler Mix Specialties Half Pint Ultra-Pasteurized 1/2% Milkfat Vitamin A&D Chocolate Lowfat Milk Feb 21 thru March 30
Land O Lakes 10oz Ultra Pasteurized 1% Lowfat Milk Feb 14 thru March 22
Land O Lakes 10oz Ultra Pasteurized Milk Feb 13 thru March 22
Land O Lakes 10oz Ultra Pasteurized Chocolate Lowfat Milk Feb 21 thru March 30
Land O Lakes 10oz Ultra Pasteurized Fat Free Skim Milk Feb 15 thru March 23
Land O Lakes 10oz Ultra Pasteurized 2% Reduced Fat Milk Feb 10 thru March 24
Land O Lakes Pint Ultra Pasteurized 2% Reduced Fat Milk Feb 14 thru March 22
Land O Lakes Pint Ultra Pasteurized Chocolate Lowfat Milk Feb 27 thru March 23
Land O Lakes Pint Ultra Pasteurized Milk Feb 15 thru March 01
Land O Lakes Pint Ultra Pasteurized Fat Free Skim Milk Feb 23 thru March 22
Land O Lakes Pint Ultra Pasteurized Gourmet Fat Free Half & Half March 07 thru April 13
Land O Lakes Pint Ultra Pasteurized HAZELNUT Fat Free Half & Half March 17 thru April 05
Land O Lakes Pint Ultra Pasteurized FRENCH VANILLA Fat Free Half & Half March 23 thru April 04
Land O Lakes Pint Ultra Pasteurized Gourmet Half & Half March 07 thru April 06
Land O Lakes Pint Ultra Pasteurized Gourmet Heavy Whipping Cream March 07 thru April 05
Land O Lakes Pint Ultra Pasteurized Premium Chocolate Milk Feb 26 thru April 04
Land O Lakes Quart Ultra Pasteurized Fat Free Skim Milk Feb 15 thru March 23
Land O Lakes Quart Ultra Pasteurized 1% Lowfat Milk Feb 13 thru March 22
Land O Lakes Quart Ultra Pasteurized Milk Feb 13 thru March 22
Land O Lakes Quart Ultra Pasteurized 2% Lowfat Milk Feb 14 thru March 22
Land O Lakes Quart Ultra Pasteurized Chocolate Lowfat Milk Feb 21 thru March 30
Land O Lakes Quart Ultra Pasteurized Gourmet Half & Half Feb 07 thru April 05
Land O Lakes Quart Ultra Pasteurized Gourmet Heavy Whipping Cream March 01 thru April 13
Land O Lakes Quart Gourmet Heavy Whipping Cream Jan 15 thru Feb 28
Land O Lakes Quart Ultra Pasteurized Gourmet Fat Free Half & Half March 07 thru April 13
Land O Lakes Quart Ultra Pasteurized Premium Chocolate Milk Feb 26 thru April 04
Land O Lakes Half Pint Ultra Pasteurized Gourmet Heavy Whipping Cream March 01 thru April 05
Muller Pinehurst Pint Half & Half April 06 thru April 06
Muller Pinehurst Quart Ultra-Pasteurized Heavy Whipping Cream March 07 thru March 16
Muller Pinehurst Quart Ultra-Pasteurized Half & Half March 07 thru March 30
Muller Pinehurst Half Pint Ultra-Pasteurized Heavy Whipping Cream March 01 thru March 29
Oak Grove Quart 100% Lactose Free Skim Milk Feb 14 thru March 15
Oak Grove Quart 100% Lactose Free 2% Milkfat Feb 14 thru March 15
Perkins Quart Ultra-Pasteurized Artificially Flavored Sweetened Whipping Cream March 28 thru May 05
Roundy's Pint Grade A Ultra-Pasteurized Half & Half March 03 thru April 13
Roundy's Quart Grade A Ultra-Pasteurized Half & Half March 14 thru April 12
Roundy's Half Pint Grade A Ultra-Pasteurized Heavy Whipping Cream March 08 thru April 12
Wendy's Half Pint 2% Reduced Fat Milk Ultra-Pasteurized Feb 11 thru March 05

Kohler Mix Specialties, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Michael Foods, Inc.    

 

The information contained herein has been obtained from sources that the Company believes to be reliable, however, the Company has not independently verified or confirmed the information and the recipient acknowledges that no representations or warranties are being made in connection with the use of the information.