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JOHANNA FARMS PRODUCT RECALL

 JOHANNA FARMS PRODUCT RECALL
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likely have broadcasted or printed Johanna Farms' recall notice of May 27 regarding packages of Ssips Awesome! Orange Cooler potentially filled with detergent solution instead of the drink.
 Based on consumer response to the moment, Johanna Farms Inc. is not yet satisfied that the message has received adequate exposure.
 Therefore they are appealing to the media to repeat the following message as soon as and as often as possible over the coming weekend.
 -- Some packages of Ssips Awesome! Orange Cooler bearing the code 097A1 may be filled with hazardous detergent solution rather than the drink.
 -- Such packages were sold only at Sam's Club stores in Delran, N.J.; Philadelphia; Dover, Dela.; and Hudson, N.H.
 -- The detergent solution which may be in some of these packages is sodium hydroxide solution which can burn the mouth and throat and could possibly be fatal if swallowed.
 -- Johanna Farms has established a Ssips information line, 800-846-2493, to answer any questions consumers may have about this matter.
 Johanna Farms asks that this message get maximum exposure a to minimize any further risk, especially to children.
 The following is a copy of the original release, as it ran on May 27./
 FLEMINGTON, N.J., May 27 /PRNewswire/ -- In cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration, Johanna Farms Inc. is voluntarily recalling approximately 10,000 containers of its Ssips brand Awesome! Orange Cooler contained in variety packs sold at four Sam's Club outlets. The recall is due to a production accident which fully or partially filled an estimated 100 to 150 containers with a detergent solution that could present a serious hazard to health.
 All of the variety packs carrying the recalled containers were shipped to Sam's Club stores in Delran, N.J., on April 28, 1992; Philadelphia on April 14, 1992; Dover, Del. on April 23, 1992; or Hudson, N.H. on April 24, 1992. Most, if not all, of the product is believed to have already been sold to Sam's Club customers. Johanna Farms is attempting to reach as many of these customers as possible through a range of public media.
 The recalled containers of Ssips brand Awesome! Orange Cooler were shipped as part of 27-container "variety pack" cases. Nine of the orange flavor containers were included in each case. All the cases were marked: SAMS APR 6 00:00 93A through SAMS APR 6 10:45 93B. The individual 8.45 ounce containers of the orange drink were stamped on the bottom with the code "097A1".
 The contaminant is a detergent solution containing sodium hydroxide that is routinely used to sanitize food processing equipment. Sodium hydroxide is a substance which, undiluted with water, may cause sever burns to skin and eyes and could be fatal if swallowed. A Bordentown, N.J., woman who drank from a contaminated container of Ssips brand Awesome! Orange Cooler on May 17, 1992, was hospitalized for two days with blistering of the throat.
 The company has traced the problem to an equipment cleaning process which took place at approximately 2:10 a.m. on April 6, 1992. Production records indicate that the same process was not repeated, leading to confidence that there was no subsequent contamination. The company believes that the number of contaminated containers from the event of April 6 is limited to 100 to 150.
 Consumers should immediately return any cases or cartons carrying the above markings to the Sam's Club where purchased or directly to Johanna Farms, Inc., Flemington, N.J. Consumers with questions about Ssips in their possession should call Johanna Farms Inc. at 800-846-2493.
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 /CONTACT: Clark P. Lattin or Colin T. Kagel both of Johanna Farms, 800-846-2493/ CO: Johanna Farms Inc. ST: New Jersey, Delaware, New Hampshire IN: FOD SU:


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