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Recall -- Firm Press Release


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Thrift Products Co. Recalls Thrifty Nuts Due to the Possibility of Contamination with Salmonella Enteriditis

Thrift Products Co.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Grand Rapids, MI -- May 26, 2004 -- Thrift Products Co., 41-44 th St., SE, Grand Rapids, Mi 49548 is conducting a voluntary recall on its distribution of raw whole and diced almonds packaged as Thrifty Nuts due to the possibility of contamination with Salmonella Enteriditis. The recall covers the following products: RAW WHOLE ALMONDS in a 3oz bag, UPC code 79348-11960 and ALMOND BITS in a 3oz bag, UPC code 79348-11955. Both of these items have a “best if used by date” of 03/05.

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.

Thrift Products Co. distributes these products in Michigan and Northern Indiana.

Paramount Farms of California has announced a voluntary recall of Whole Brown Natural Raw Almonds. The firm initiated the recall after learning from the Food and Drug Administration of numerous cases of Salmonella Enteriditis that might be related to the consumption of the almonds in Alaska, Arizona, Oregon, Washington and Utah, as well as one case in Michigan.

Customers should not consume raw almonds/mixes labeled with Thrifty Nuts.

Customers should return any unused product to the retailer where purchased. For further information, call Thrift Products Co. at 1-800-538-6887(nuts) between 9:00am-4:00pm.


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