|[November 26, 2012]
Pinnacle Foods Group LLC Reports Data Breach; Individuals in Multiple States Could Be Affected
PARSIPPANY, N.J. --(Business Wire)--
Pinnacle Foods Group LLC, a producer, marketer and distributor of
branded food products, today announced that the personal information of
up to 1,818 individuals in up to 13 states plus Mexico may have been
affected by a theft of a company laptop from an employee's home.
Pinnacle Foods learned that an employee's laptop was stolen from her
home in Clinton, Wis. on October 11, 2012. Company operations and
systems were not involved; the breach affected only information residing
on the stolen laptop, which was password protected, -including names,
social security numbers, driver's license numbers, credit card numbers,
and/or personal information.
Pinnacle Foods is working to ensure its systems are secure and protected
from possible intrusions. Currently, the company is unaware of any
incidents in which the data that may be available on the stolen laptop
was actually used by an unauthorized party. Individuals who believe
their information may have been exposed should contact the company at
(855) 477-6879 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pinnacle Foods is making every effort to directly contact each
individual whose information may have been exposed, including employees,
former employees, and employees who applied for employment at Pinnacle's
Darien, Wis. location however, all affected are advised to take the
following steps to protect against the possibility of identity theft:
Place a fraud alert on your credit file. A fraud alert is a free
service that tells creditors to contact you before they open any new
accounts or change your existing accounts. You may contact any one of
the three major credit bureaus identified below. As soon as one credit
bureau confirms your fraud alert, the others are notified to place
fraud alerts. Free credit reports from all three bureaus will then be
sent to you automatically for your review.
Even if you do not find any suspicious activity on your initial credit
reports, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC (News - Alert)) recommends that you check
your credit reports periodically. Victim information sometimes is held
for use or shared among a group of thieves at different times.
Checking your credit reports periodically can help you spot problems
and address them quickly. You should also review your account
Under federal law, you are entitled to a free credit report once every
12 months from each of the three major credit reporting agencies
listed above. To request this free annual disclosure you may contact
the Central Source (News - Alert) on-line at www.annualcreditreport.com
or call toll free (877) 322-8228. Alternatively, you may call the
reporting agencies directly at the numbers above or visit their
websites to order your free credit reports.
If you find suspicious activity on your credit reports or account
statements or have reason to believe your information is being
misused, contact local law enforcement and file a police report. Be
sure to obtain a copy of the report; many creditors will request the
information it contains. You also should file a complaint with the FTC
or at 1-877-ID-THEFT (877-438-4338). Your complaint will be added to
the FTC's Identity Theft Data Clearinghouse, where it will be
accessible to law enforcers for their investigations. You may also
contact the FTC by mail at 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
A copy of Take Charge: Fighting Back Against
Identity Theft, a comprehensive guide from the FTC to help
you guard against and deal with identity theft, is available at http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/menus/consumer/data/idt.shtm.
You can also obtain information from any of the credit bureaus listed
above or the FTC about fraud alerts, security freezes and preventing
identity theft. North Carolina residents may also contact the North
Carolina Attorney General's office about preventing identity theft at:
9001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-9001, by calling (919)
716-6400 or at http://www.ncdoj.gov/About-DOJ/DOJ-Contact-Information.aspx.
About Pinnacle Foods Group LLC
Millions of times a day in more than 85% of American households,
consumers reach for Pinnacle Foods brands. Pinnacle Foods is a Top 1000
Company ranked on Fortune Magazine's 2011 Top 1000 companies list. We
are a leading producer, marketer and distributor of high-quality branded
food products, which have been trusted household names for decades.
Headquartered in Parsippany, NJ, our business employs an average of
4,300 employees. We are a leader in the shelf stable and frozen foods
segments and our brands hold the #1 or #2 market position in 8 out of 12
major category segments in which they compete. Our Duncan Hines Grocery
Division manages Leadership brands such as Duncan Hines® baking mixes
and frostings, Vlasic® shelf-stable pickles and Mrs. Butterworth's® and
Log Cabin® table syrups and Foundation brands such as Armour® canned
meats, Brooks® and Nalley® chili and chili ingredients, Comstock® and
Wilderness® pie and pastry fillings and Open Pit® barbecue sauces. Our
Birds Eye Frozen Division manages Leadership brands such as Birds Eye®,
Birds Eye Steamfresh®, C&W®, McKenzie's®, and Fresh like® vegetables,
Birds Eye Voila!® complete bagged meals and Van de Kamp's® and Mrs.
Paul's® seafood and Foundation brands such as Lender's® bagels, Celeste®
pizza, Hungry-Man® dinners and entrées and Aunt Jemima® frozen
breakfasts. Our Specialty Foods Division manages Tim's Cascade Snacks®,
Hawaiian® Kettle Style Potato Chips, Erin's® Popcorn, Snyder of Berlin®
and Husman's® in addition to our food service and private label
businesses. Further information is available at http://www.pinnaclefoods.com.
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