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HONEYSUCKLE RECALLS 12-14 POUND TURKEYS IN DETROIT METRO AREA

 HONEYSUCKLE RECALLS 12-14 POUND TURKEYS IN DETROIT METRO AREA
 DETROIT, Nov. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Detroit area shoppers who bought a 12-to-14 pound Honeysuckle White Premium brand frozen whole turkey for the Thanksgiving holiday at any Detroit metro area A&P, Farmer Jack, Foodland or Kroger supermarket are being asked to return that turkey to where it was purchased for a refund of their money.
 Officials of Cargill, Incorporated, which processes and markets Honeysuckle White brand turkeys, emphasized that the problem is confined to the greater metropolitan Detroit area. Cargill has recalled all 12-to-14 pound Honeysuckle White whole turkeys sold by those stores in the Detroit metro area because a small number of the total turkeys weighing 12-14 pounds that were shipped to the Detroit area may have spoiled by going through a thaw-and-refreeze cycle at some point after leaving Cargill's plant and before reaching wholesalers and retail stores.
 "While the problem has been confined to a small number of 12-to-14 pound turkeys delivered to the Detroit area, as a precaution we are refunding the purchase price of all Detroit area Honeysuckle brand 12-to-14 pound turkeys bought at designated retail stores affected by this recall," said James D. Bassett, president of Cargill's Poultry Products Division.
 Detroit area supermarkets affected by the recall include:
 All A&P locations, Apollo Market, Bill's Foodland, Eagle Supermarket, Family Foodland, all Farmer Jack locations, Ferndale Foodland, all Foodland locations, Harper Food Center, Imperial Super Store, all Kroger locations (except stores in Coldwater and Sturgis, Mich.), all Kessel locations, Liberty Food Center, McDonald's Foodland, Metro Foodland, Mr. B's Foodland locations, Oak Ridge Markets, Oakland Foodland, all Steiner's Foodland locations, Tecumseh Foodland and all Vic's Foodland locations.
 "A spoiled turkey produces a distinctive odor when thawed to room temperature before roasting," said Bassett. "Such a spoiled turkey should not be cooked and eaten. For metropolitan Detroit shoppers who bought a Honeysuckle brand 12-to-14 pound turkey at one of the retailers affected by the recall, we want to refund their money."
 Bassett said extensive study of other sizes of Honeysuckle turkeys shipped to the Detroit area indicates that the potential spoilage was limited to a small number of 12-to-14 pound turkeys stored in the Detroit area.
 He said company officials determined a problem existed this past weekend and immediately notified affected grocers and food warehouses to pull the suspect 12-to-14 pound turkeys from their freezer shelves. The reason that turkeys experienced thawing and refreezing after they left Cargill's plant and before reaching retailers is under investigation by the company.
 "The quickest, most responsible way to address consumer concerns is refund their money for all Honeysuckle turkeys in the 12-to-14 pound weight range. Although Cargill is sure the turkeys left its plant in premium-quality condition, we don't want anyone to thaw a spoiled turkey," Bassett said.
 Bassett said this is the first product recall program in Cargill's history of processing and marketing Honeysuckle premium brand turkeys, or any other turkey products since it began processing poultry in 1967.
 Consumers with a question about their turkeys are asked to call Honeysuckle headquarters at 1-800-338-9937 between 8:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. EST.
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 /CONTACT: Greg C. Lauser of Cargill, 612-475-6196 or 612-941-8631/ CO: Cargill, Inc. ST: Michigan, Minnesota IN: FOD SU:


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