Health Hazard Alert - Primo Hearty Soups Clam Chowder ready-to-serve soup and Primo Hearty Soups Cream of Mushroom with Portobello Mushrooms ready-to-serve soup manufactured by Primo Foods Company may contain dangerous bacteria

Apr 12, 2001, 01:00 ET from Primo Foods Company

    TORONTO, April 12 /PRNewswire/ - Primo Foods Company is warning the
 public not to consume the varieties of PRIMO Hearty Soups identified in the
 attached list. These products may have been under-processed and there is a
 risk for the presence of bacteria that may be harmful, including the
 Clostridium botulinum bacteria. These products have been distributed
 nationally in Canada and with very limited distribution in the United States.
 No other Primo Foods products are affected by this recall.
     Botulism is a life-threatening illness and initial symptoms are generally
 nausea and vomiting followed by blurred/double vision, difficulty in speaking,
 swallowing, general fatigue, lack of muscle coordination and respiratory
 impairment. Food contaminated with C. botulinum may not look or smell spoiled.
 The products should not be consumed by humans or animals.
     The Company has received several reports of gastro-intestinal illnesses.
 No reports of C. botulinum have been received.
     Primo Foods Company (Toronto, ON) is voluntarily recalling the affected
 products. Consumers should dispose of them immediately but should retain the
 labels for reimbursement by Primo Foods. Consumers can contact the Consumer
 Response Centre at 1 (877) 554-3577, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (DST). Consumers
 can forward the original label directly to Primo Foods Company at 2150
 Lakeshore Blvd. West, Toronto, Ontario, M8V 1A3.
     The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is monitoring the effectiveness of
 this recall.
 
 
                           PRIMO Hearty Soups Recall
 
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     Brand                  Product Description             UPC Code
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     PRIMO Hearty Soups     Clam Chowder                    Canada Only
                            ready-to-serve soup 525 ml      0  5590000568  6
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     PRIMO Hearty Soups     Cream of Mushroom               Canada Only
                            with Portobello Mushrooms       0  5590000593  8
                            ready-to-serve soup 540 ml
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     PRIMO Hearty Soups     Clam Chowder                    US Only
                            ready-to-serve soup 539 g       0  5590030568  7
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     PRIMO Hearty Soups     Cream of Mushroom               US Only
                            with Portobello Mushrooms       0  5590030593  9
                            ready-to-serve soup 539 g
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SOURCE Primo Foods Company
    TORONTO, April 12 /PRNewswire/ - Primo Foods Company is warning the
 public not to consume the varieties of PRIMO Hearty Soups identified in the
 attached list. These products may have been under-processed and there is a
 risk for the presence of bacteria that may be harmful, including the
 Clostridium botulinum bacteria. These products have been distributed
 nationally in Canada and with very limited distribution in the United States.
 No other Primo Foods products are affected by this recall.
     Botulism is a life-threatening illness and initial symptoms are generally
 nausea and vomiting followed by blurred/double vision, difficulty in speaking,
 swallowing, general fatigue, lack of muscle coordination and respiratory
 impairment. Food contaminated with C. botulinum may not look or smell spoiled.
 The products should not be consumed by humans or animals.
     The Company has received several reports of gastro-intestinal illnesses.
 No reports of C. botulinum have been received.
     Primo Foods Company (Toronto, ON) is voluntarily recalling the affected
 products. Consumers should dispose of them immediately but should retain the
 labels for reimbursement by Primo Foods. Consumers can contact the Consumer
 Response Centre at 1 (877) 554-3577, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (DST). Consumers
 can forward the original label directly to Primo Foods Company at 2150
 Lakeshore Blvd. West, Toronto, Ontario, M8V 1A3.
     The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is monitoring the effectiveness of
 this recall.
 
 
                           PRIMO Hearty Soups Recall
 
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     Brand                  Product Description             UPC Code
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     PRIMO Hearty Soups     Clam Chowder                    Canada Only
                            ready-to-serve soup 525 ml      0  5590000568  6
     -------------------------------------------------------------------------
     PRIMO Hearty Soups     Cream of Mushroom               Canada Only
                            with Portobello Mushrooms       0  5590000593  8
                            ready-to-serve soup 540 ml
     -------------------------------------------------------------------------
     PRIMO Hearty Soups     Clam Chowder                    US Only
                            ready-to-serve soup 539 g       0  5590030568  7
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     PRIMO Hearty Soups     Cream of Mushroom               US Only
                            with Portobello Mushrooms       0  5590030593  9
                            ready-to-serve soup 539 g
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 SOURCE Primo Foods Company