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Stewart's recalls ice cream as a precaution

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY - Stewart's Shops is recalling hundreds of containers of 19 varieties of ice cream that might potentially have foreign material mixed into the packaged retail product, company spokesman Tom Mailey said at 5 p.m. Friday. He said that the products were certain flavors packed in half-gallon, pint and 3-gallon containers, identified by particular product codes.

Mailey said that one specific machine used in the manufacture of ice cream had failed, and potentially scattered bits of foreign material, perhaps metallic or other substances into the products.

To date, the company has received no reports of any foreign material in their ice cream, he said.

"This recall is a precautionary measure on our part," he said.

Most of the cartons that could be contaminated are likely still in the regional warehouse or store back stock, he said.

Store employees are inspecting all the ice cream cartons in the shelves and in storage - and removing those cartons marked with the suspect product codes, he said.

"A lot of the ice cream in question is still in our plant or in our warehouse freezers," Mailey said, noting that any Stewart's Shop in New York or Vermont will issue an immediate refund, regardless of where the product was bought.

"This recall is a work in progress," he added.

The flavor, carton size and product code of suspect products recalled are as follows:

Mint Chip, 1/2 gal., #1137; Cookie Whirled, 3 gal., 5/17/2001; No Sugar Added, pint, #1136; Crumbs Along the Mohawk, 1/2 gal., #1137 and pint, #1138; Vanilla Chocolate, 1/2 gal., #1138; Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup, 1/2 gal., #1139; Peanut Butter Pandemonium, 1/2 gal., #1139; Rainbow Sherbet, 3 gal. and 1/2 gal., 05/20/2011; Chocolate Trifecta, 1/2 gal., #1140; Chocolate, 1/2 gal., #1143: Chocolate Marshmallow, 1/2 gal.,#1143; Black Cherry, Pint, #1144; Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Pint, #1144; Mint Cookie Crumble, 3 gal., 5/24/2011; Mint Cookie Crumble , 1/2 gal., #1144; Rainbow Sherbet, 3 gal., 5/25/2011; and Rainbow Sherbet, 1/2 gal., #1145.

All items were distributed in cartons or boxes marked as manufactured in plant #36-3918.

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