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Companies recall products linked to milk processor

WASHINGTON (AP) - Food distributors across the country announced
on Thursday they are recalling nonfat dry milk, cocoa and other
products that are linked to a possible salmonella contamination at
a Plainview, Minn., milk processor.

The Food and Drug Administration said late last month that
Plainview Milk Products Cooperative was recalling instant nonfat
dried milk, whey protein, fruit stabilizers and food thickening
agents that it made over the past two years because they might be
contaminated with salmonella.

Salmonella can cause serious infections, especially in children,
the elderly and those with weakened immune systems. FDA spokeswoman
Stephanie Kwisnek said on Thursday "there are no illnesses that we
are aware of" and the agency is tracking distribution of the
products.

The FDA has said none of Plainview's products were sold directly
to the public. But the company sold their products to other
distributors, who distributed them further, and also to
manufacturers, who may have used them in their products, Kwisnek
said.

Retailer Meijer announced on Thursday it was recalling Meijer
Brand Instant Nonfat Dry Milk, sold in Meijer stores in Michigan,
Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.

CPI Foods Inc., of Dallas, recalled about 15,000 packets of
nonfat dry milk. The company said the packets are parts of CPI
Foods shelf-stable meal kits distributed to community service
companies in Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, West Virginia, North
Carolina, Nevada and Kentucky.

Precision Foods Inc. of St. Louis said it was recalling certain
Madagascar Vanilla cocoa. The recalled cocoa product is labeled as
Land O Lakes International Drinking Cocoa "Madagascar Vanilla."
It was distributed nationally in retail stores and through mail
orders, the company said.

Also announced Thursday was a recall by NOW Foods for products
containing whey protein concentrate. McClancy Seasoning Co.
recalled Alba instant nonfat dry milk products and various Alba
snack shake mixes.

On Wednesday, East Coast grocery chains Giant Food and Stop &
Shop also issued recalls of some of their dried milk products.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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