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Going nuts: Publix ice cream recall in 5 southeast states

Publix Light Tiramisu ice cream

In a nutshell: Nutty mix-up at Publix Super Markets in the Southeast. FYI: Someone at the FDA doesn’t know how to spell “immediate.”

from the company press release distributed by the FDA

FOR IMMIDIATE RELEASE – LAKELAND, Fla., Jan. 28, 2011 — Publix Super Markets is issuing a voluntary recall for Publix Premium Light Tiramisu Ice Cream, which may contain Publix Premium Coffee Almond Fudge Light Ice Cream, resulting in the presence of an undeclared almond allergen. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to almonds run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.The recalled product lot code for the item:

Publix Premium Light Tiramisu Ice Cream                 UPC:  41415- 13343

Lotcode, found on bottom of carton: Sep 12 2011 B7 PLT 12-444.

The product is packaged with a Publix Premium Light Tiramisu Ice Cream bottom carton and a Publix Premium Coffee Almond Fudge Light Ice Cream lid. The recall affects the company’s five state operating areas of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and Tennessee.

“As part of our commitment to food safety, potentially impacted product has been removed from all store shelves,” said Maria Brous, Publix director of media and community relations. “Consumers who have purchased the product in question may return the product to their local store for a full refund. The issue was brought to the attention of store personnel when a customer noticed the mix-match packaging. There have been no reported cases of illness. Publix customers with additional questions may call our Consumer Relations department at 1-800-242-1227 or by visiting our website at www.publix.com9.”

Publix is privately owned and operated by its 146,000 employees, with 2009 sales of $24.3 billion. Currently Publix has 1,033 stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee. The company has been named one of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For in America” for 14 consecutive years. In addition, Publix’s dedication to superior quality and customer service is recognized as tops in the grocery business, most recently by an American Customer Satisfaction Index survey.

Blogger’s note: About 30 years when I was living in L.A., I bought lemon yogurt (from the dairy case of a major grocery store) but when I started eating it, realized it was some kind of berry. I called the yogurt company and told them the error and they just hung up on me. I never pursued it because I just ate.

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