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Company Says No Jell-O Buyers Have Found Metal Fragments

March 11, 1991

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) _ General Foods said Monday that no buyers have reported finding metal fragments in the Jell-O chocolate pudding mixes it has recalled from stores in 13 western states.

The company voluntarily recalled two dry mix products on Friday after discovering that fragments could have contaminated 11 lots of the powdered pudding.

The recalled products were Jell-O Cook ’n Serve Pudding and Pie Filling and Jell-O Instant Pudding and Pie Filling, in either 3 1/2 -ounce or 5 -ounce sizes.

Ready-to-eat puddings and powdered gelatin products were not involved, said the company’s director of corporate affairs, Nan Redmond.

The suspect packages were distributed in California, Texas, Arizona, Nevada, Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Montana and Idaho. None would have been on shelves before Feb. 1, the company said.

The packages that could be contaminated bear lot numbers that begin with 1032 through 1042, followed by the letter S and other numbers or letters, Redmond said.

Metal fragments could have gotten into some of the mixes because of defective screening in a machine at one of the company’s manufacturing plants. Any metal that got into the mix would look like shiny pieces of metallic fiber, Redmond said.

Buyers of the product may get refunds by returning packages to the stores where they were bought or by sending the box top to General Foods USA Consumer Response Center, 250 North St., White Plains, N.Y. 10625. The company also may be telephoned at 1-800-431-1001.