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Koeze Company Cooperates with Paramount Farms Expanded Recall of Natural Raw Almonds


Jeff Koeze
Mary Ann Sabo

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Grand Rapids, Michigan, May 27, 2004 -- The Koeze Co. is participating in the nationwide voluntary recall of natural raw almonds produced by Paramount Farms in California because of possible contamination with salmonella.

The recalled product was sold from bulk stock at Koeze stores in Grand Rapids between April 9, 2004 and May 25, 2004 . Customers who purchased raw almonds at either Koeze store in Grand Rapids are advised not to eat them and to return them for a full refund. Approximately 20 pounds of raw almonds were sold by Koeze's, and no other Koeze's products are affected by this recall.

"We, along with Paramount Farms, are taking a proactive approach to recovering the affected product in order to assure the wellbeing of our customers," said Jeff Koeze, CEO of Koeze. "We are committed to ensuring the highest quality of products we distribute and produce. We have had no complaints about this product and are cooperating fully with this recall."

Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. In healthy people, Salmonella can cause fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting or abdominal pain.

Any questions from the media related to this recall should be directed to Chris Tuffli, Director of Communications, Paramount Farms in Los Angeles at (310) 966-5731. Questions specifically related to the investigation can be directed to the FDA's Consumer Inquiries Hotline at 888-INFO-FDA. Consumers who have questions about the recall may call Paramount Farms toll-free hotline at 800-496-5168 or Koeze Company at 724-2601 ext. 3412.


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