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Children’s Food Recalled for Possible Listeria

Two gluten-free frozen-food products marketed to children are being recalled because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

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Ian’s All-Natural and Organic Foods for Kids is recalling its wheat-free, gluten-free brown-rice pasta “Mac and No Cheese” and its wheat-free, gluten-free  soy “French Bread Pizza.”

According to the company website, 492 individual boxes are potentially affected. The products “may have been distributed to retailers nationwide and sold in frozen foods sections of supermarkets.”

The products and their UPC codes are:

• 8-ounce boxes of Ian’s Wheat Free, Gluten Free Mac and No Cheese with a use-by date of 26 Aug 2011 and UPC code 7-49512-43670-8 (372 packages impacted)

• 8-ounce boxes of Ian’s Wheat Free, Gluten Free French Bread Pizza with a use-by date of 28 Aug 2011 and UPC code 7-49512-91572-2 (120 packages impacted)

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy persons may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women.

Consumers who purchased the above products with the specific use-by dates and UPC codes listed are asked to return the products to the place of purchase to receive a full refund. Products that do not contain the specific use-by dates and UPC codes listed are not affected by the recall, and can be used by consumers.

Consumers with questions can contact Ian’s, which is based in Lawrence, Massachusetts, at 1-800-543-6637 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or at customerservice@iansnaturalfoods.com.

More information is available on the Ian’s website at www.iansnaturalfoods.com.

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