Contact: Carrie Trent or Marie McGeehan at Casey Communications, Inc., 314/962-0944 or

Dee Wetzel at Schnuck Markets, 314/994-4608.

October 31, 2000

PRODUCT ADVISORY

Schnuck Markets Notifies Customers That Schnucks and Sealtest Half Percent Milk

With Last Sale Date of Nov. 12 May Contain Traces of Chocolate Milk

ST. LOUIS – Schnuck Markets, Inc. has issued a product advisory for customers purchasing gallon containers of Schnucks brand and Sealtest half percent milk, and half-gallon and quart containers of Schnucks brand half percent milk with the “Last Sale Date” of Nov. 12. The milk might contain traces of cocoa powder.

A malfunctioning valve allowed minute traces of chocolate milk to leak into half percent milk during pasteurization on Friday, Oct. 27. The amount of cocoa powder present was so small it could not be picked up by standard quality control tests. Cocoa powder settles to the bottom of a container after 24 hours.

The milk was shipped to stores between Friday, Oct. 27 and Monday, Oct. 30. About 5,000 gallons of half percent milk may have been affected. All affected product has been removed from store shelves. Customers can return the product for a full refund or replacement if they chose.

Schnucks’ Office of Consumer Affairs can be reached at 314-994-4400 or toll-free at

1-800-264-4400, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. E-mail messages can be sent to Schnucks’ website at www.schnucks.com.

Schnuck Markets, Inc. currently operates 92 stores in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. The family-owned company was founded in St. Louis in 1939.

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