Monday, November 24, 2008

Allergy Alert: Stop & Shop Recalls Butternut Squash

Stop & Shop has recalled 24-ounce sides of butternut squash packaged as part of its Thanksgiving meals after being advised of quality problems by its vendor, Simmering Soup, Inc.

According to the grocery chain, the prepared squash was included in the prepared turkey and ham holiday dinners. Simmering Soup recalled the squash due to the possible presence of undeclared egg and "quality concerns."

Individuals who are allergic to egg may experience a severe reaction upon consuming the prepared squash. Stop & Shop is asking its customers who have already picked up their meals to return just the prepared squash, in exchange for a $12 refund. Customers who have not yet called for their meals will receive a package from which the squash has been removed – and a $12 reduction in the price of the prepared meal.

Stop & Shop advises that none of the other components of the meal are affected by this recall. Prepared butternut squash available from the grocery's prepared foods department also is unaffected.

For more information about this recall, consumers are invited to contact Stop & Shop's customer service number, toll-free, at (800) 767-7772 between the hours of 9am and 5pm, Monday through Friday.

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