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March 8, 2010

To our valued consumers,

Below is a copy of a press release regarding the voluntary recall of Concord Foods Vegetable Dip Seasoning Mix. 

Unfortunately, Concord Foods received an ingredient called Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, from a supplier named Basic Food Flavors, who had an issue with Salmonella in their plant.  Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein is used in the recipe for our Vegetable Dip Seasoning Mix as a flavor component.  The specific lot of the ingredient received by Concord Foods has not tested positive for Salmonella but with FDA guidance and in the interest of consumer safety first, we decided to voluntarily recall our Concord Foods Vegetable Dip Seasoning Mix with the best by date of 07/27/12.  

Please rest assured that we are doing everything possible to quickly remove this lot code of Concord Vegetable Dip Seasoning Mix from the market.  If you have a package with this date code in your home, please return it to your place of purchase for a full refund.  Please also accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused by this recall.

If you have any questions about this voluntary recall, please do not hesitate to contact us at 800-924-5775, ext 319.  This recall does not affect other Concord Foods products and is limited to a small quantity of Vegetable Dip Seasoning Mix that was shipped during the past month.  Complete details of the recall are on the press release.

We also wish to thank you for your support during this voluntary recall. The safety of our consumers and of all our food products is always our number one priority.  We appreciate your loyalty to Concord Foods and look forwarding to providing quality products for years to come. 

Sincerely,
Peter Neville
President
 

PRESS RELEASE

Concord Foods Recalls Concord Foods Vegetable Dip Seasoning Mix because of Possible Health Risk.

Media Contact:
Jeannie DaRosa
Tel: 508-580-1700, ext 319
jdarosa@concordfoods.com

For Immediate Release:  March 5, 2010 - Brockton, MA-Concord Foods Inc is voluntarily recalling certain production codes of Concord Foods Vegetable Dip Seasoning mix that is generally sold in the produce department of supermarkets because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Concord Foods was notified by its supplier that an ingredient used in these products and produced by Basic Food Flavors Inc is the subject of a voluntary recall due to potential Salmonella contamination.

The product subject to this recall that was distributed nationwide in the United States under the Concord Foods brand in foil pouches and sold in the produce section of the supermarket is:

(Note: The best by date code is embossed on the left edge of the back panel).

Concord Foods Vegetable Dip Seasoning - Homestyle   (Best By: 07/27/12).

UPC Code: 041409002066             Net weight 1.5 oz (43 g)

To date no known illnesses have been associated with this product and no other types, varieties or different date codes have been affected by this recall.  However, since customer safety is our top priority, Concord Foods has voluntarily recalled this product.  Concord Foods is working with Food and Drug Administration to conduct this voluntary recall. 

Consumers with products carrying this date code should destroy or return them to the store for a full refund.

Consumers with questions should contact Concord Foods at 1-800-924-5775 (Monday - Friday from 9:00 am-4:30 pm EST).