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Spud suit.

Great Creations of Springdale charges that a bad batch of potatoes from a supplier cost the company nearly $1 million.

In November, the food manufacturer started receiving complaints about its Hashbrown Casserole. Customers complained of an "off-flavor" taste, while others described it as an "earthy/ soapy" flavor, the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court said.

Great Creations traced the flavor to potatoes the company bought from Dickinson Frozen Foods Inc. in Eagle, Idaho.

In December, one of Great Creations' wholesale customers, Schwan Food Co., of Marshall, Minn., said it was placing its entire inventory of Hashbrown Casserole on hold and quarantining it.

Schwan then canceled its one-year supply agreement with Great Creations and told it to haul away the casseroles, the lawsuit said.

Great Creations said it later determined that the potatoes' bad taste was caused by improper chemical concentrations used when the potatoes were bleached.

Great Creations accused Dickinson of negligence and is seeking at least $970,000 in damages because of the potatoes, the lawsuit said.

A spokesman from Dickinson couldn't be reached for comment.
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Title Annotation:Whispers
Publication:Arkansas Business
Date:Jun 29, 2009
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