Dean’s® Dairy Dip

Dean's Dip Voluntary Recall

For Immediate Release - 3/5/10

Ventura Foods, LLC Voluntarily Recalls Seven Varieties of Its Dean’s® Dip Products As A Precautionary Measure

Company Action Tied To National Recall Over HVP Flavor Enhancer

Consumer Information:

Dean’s Dip, (800) 339-1957 and www.deansdip.com

Media Information:

Brian Pia, (205) 877-9870, brian.pia@luckie.com
Lori Merricks, (205) 422-5756, lori.merricks@luckie.com

Brea, Calif.—Ventura Foods, LLC is voluntarily recalling seven of its Dean’s® Dip products, with specific production dates, because a flavor enhancer may be contaminated with salmonella.

The flavor enhancer is made by an ingredient supplier, Basic Food Flavors, Inc., in Las Vegas. This is the same ingredient linked to the Food & Drug Administration’s recall announcement Thursday.

“There have been absolutely no reports of illness associated with any Dean’s Dip products, and we intend to keep it that way,” said Chris Furman, President & CEO of Ventura Foods. “We decided to issue our own recall purely as a precautionary measure because consumer safety is our No. 1 priority.”

Ventura Foods is advising consumers not to eat any of the recalled Dean’s Dip products. Consumers should dispose of or return the recalled products to the store where they bought them for a full refund. Consumers can call (800) 339-1957 for more information about the recall, or visit www.fda.gov or www.deansdip.com.

Dean’s Dip is a registered mark used by Ventura Foods and licensed from Dean Intellectual Property Services, a subsidiary of Dean Foods Company. This recall only affects Dean’s Dip products which are manufactured by Ventura Foods. It does not affect any Dean Foods products, including dairy products carrying the Dean’s® brand.

The voluntary recall involves a flavor enhancer called hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP), which is used to make Dean’s Creamy Taco Dip. The other six Dean’s Dip products were manufactured on the same equipment, at about the same time, so they’re being recalled as well. There is no evidence of salmonella in any Dean’s Dip product or in any other Ventura Foods products.

Ventura Foods is working closely with the FDA, as well as with state and local authorities and retailers, to administer the recall.

The Dean’s Dip recall impacts only the products listed below with the specific UPC code and “Sell By” dates.  This recall does not affect any other Dean’s Dip products or other Ventura Foods Brands.

Dean’s 8 oz. Creamy Taco Dip (UPC 026700-12910-0)

Sell By Dates: MAR 27 10, APR 29 10, JUN 02 10

Dean’s 16 oz. Green Onion Dip (UPC 026700-12919-3)

Sell By Date: APR 30 10

Dean’s 16 oz. Ranch Dip (UPC 026700-12916-2)

Sell By Dates: MAR 27 10, MAR 28 10

Dean’s 12 oz. Guacamole Dip (UPC 026700-12912-4)

Sell By Dates: MAR 28 10, MAR 29 10

Dean’s 18 oz. Guacamole Dip (UPC 026700-32600-4)

Sell By Dates: MAR 29 10, MAR 30 10

Dean’s 12 oz. Zesty Guacamole Dip (UPC 026700-12913-1)

Sell By Dates: MAR 29 10, MAR 30 10

Dean’s 18 oz. Zesty Guacamole Dip (UPC 026700-32601-1)

Sell By Date: MAR 29 10

Dean’s 8 oz. French Onion Dip (UPC 026700-12903-2)

Sell By Dates: APR 29 10, APR 30 10

Dean’s 16 oz. French Onion Dip (026700-12915-5)

Sell By Dates: MAR 28 10, APR 30 10, MAY 01 10, MAY 02 10, JUN 02 10, JUN 03 10

Dean’s 8 oz. French Onion w/Bacon Dip (UPC 026700-12908-7)

Sell By Dates: MAR 27 10, APR 29 10

Dean’s 16 oz. French Onion w/Bacon Dip (UPC 026700-12917-9)

Sell By Dates: MAR 27 10, JUN 02 10

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy people infected with salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain).

For more information about Ventura Foods, visit www.venturafoods.com.

Dean's Dip Voluntary Recall