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November 6, 2002

California Firm Has Recalled Chicken Products

Castroville, CA (SafetyAlerts) - U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said that National Custom Packing, Inc. is recalling approximately 85,000 pounds of frozen chicken parmigiana for an undeclared allergen (shrimp).

Shrimp is a known allergen. Persons who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to shrimp run the risk of a serious allergic reaction if they consume this product.

The product being recalled is 24-ounce pouches of "BERTOLLI CHICKEN PARMIGIANA & PENNE IN A TOMATO MOZZARELLA SAUCE" bearing a code of "2H19NC2[A-F]," "2H20NC2[A-F]," "2H28NC2[B-D]" or "2X20NC2[B-C]." Each package also bears the establishment code "P-21340" inside the USDA seal of inspection.

The product was produced on Aug. 19-20, Aug. 28 and Sept. 20 and distributed to retail stores in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.

"We urge consumers who are allergic to shrimp to check their refrigerators and freezers," said Dr. Garry McKee, FSIS administrator. "If they find the product listed above then they should not eat it, but return it to the point of purchase."

The problem was discovered after a consumer inquiry to the company.

Consumers with questions about the recall may contact Unilever Best Foods' 24-hour hotline at 1-800-457-7086. Media with questions may contact Nancy Goldfarb, corporate affairs, Unilever Best Foods, at 212-906-469.

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