P&G JOINS INDUSTRY INGREDIENT RECALL BY VOLUNTARILY RECALLING TWO FLAVORS OF PRINGLES® IN THE UNITED STATES IN RESPONSE TO FDA INDUSTRY GUIDANCE

CINCINNATI, March 8, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG), in response to a recommendation from the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to the food industry, announced today that it is voluntarily recalling Pringles Restaurant Cravers Cheeseburger potato crisps and Pringles Family Faves Taco Night potato crisps as part of an industry ingredient recall to protect consumers from potential Salmonella exposure. There have been no reports of Salmonella-related illness in relation to these products.

P&G was notified by one of its suppliers that a seasoning used in these two products contains hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP) manufactured by Basic Food Flavors, Inc., who has voluntarily recalled several lots of this ingredient because of potential salmonella exposure. As a result, the FDA has recommended that food manufacturers recall certain types of products containing HVP manufactured by Basic Food Flavors, and P&G is complying with this guidance.

Only products with the following “best by” dates are being recalled. The “best by” date for each product can be found on the bottom of the can.


Product Name

UPC Code

“Best by” date

Pringles Restaurant Cravers Cheeseburger, Super Stack Canister, 181 grams

37000 26936

02/2011
04/2011

Pringles Family Faves Taco Night, Super Stack Canister,
181 grams

37000 26773

03/2011
04/2011
05/2011



No other Pringles varieties or flavors are affected by this recall. These two products represent only one half of one percent of Pringles’ U.S. volume. None of the affected products have been shipped to retailers outside of the United States.

The safety of our products is P&G’s top priority, and we follow rigorous food safety and ingredient testing standards. We are withdrawing these products out of an abundance of caution for consumer safety and in response to FDA’s recommendation to the food industry.

Salmonella is a common food borne pathogen that can cause severe illnesses, including fever, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. While most individuals recover without medical intervention, the infection can be life-threatening in some cases such as young children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. There have been no reports of Salmonella-related illness to date in relation to these products.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled products should discard the product and call P&G for a replacement coupon or refund at 1-877-876-7881 (Hours of operation: Monday - Friday, 9AM - 6PM US ET).

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