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Recall -- Firm Press Release

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Ferris Coffee & Nut Company Issues Recall on Raw Almond Products Due to Possible Contamination

Steve Pastoor
(616) 459-6257


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Grand Rapids, MI -- May 25, 2004 -- Ferris Coffee and Nut Co. of Grand Rapids, Michigan, is conducting a voluntary recall of Ferris Brand raw almond products due to the possibility of contamination with Salmonella Enteriditis. These raw almonds were distributed in Michigan.

Our company is taking this action as a result of a nationwide recall being conducted by Paramount Farm of Lost Hills, California, which supplied these almonds. While no Salmonella has been found in any Ferris products or in any Paramount products, our company is working with FDA to assure quality and safety of our products.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e, infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

If you have any Ferris Coffee & Nut Company raw almond products, do not eat them, but instead contact either Steve Pastoor or Roger Oosterhouse at the company at 616 459-6257 for further information about the recall.


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