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Recall -- Firm Press Release


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R. Hirt Jr. Co. is Cooperating With Paramount Farms in its Expanded Recall of Natural Raw Almonds

Tom Devries, Jr.
313-831-2020 ext. 13

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- May 27, 2004 -- R. Hirt Jr. Co. is currently cooperating with the FDA and Paramount Farms in the recall of Paramount Farms brand natural raw almonds. Some of the natural raw almonds were distributed in Michigan by R. Hirt Jr., Co. in 50 lb. cases (Paramount Brand) and also in 5 lb. & 1 lb. plastic bags (R. Hirt label) to a variety of foodservice and retail establishments. The ship dates of the product in question are from August 21, 2003 to May 25, 2004. To date, all customers have been notified and any remaining product has been scheduled for return. This recall only effects Paramount Farms natural raw almonds and does not include any roasted, blanched, sliced or slivered almonds. Such almonds undergo processing which eliminates any potential bacteria such as Salmonella.

The product is being recalled because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism that 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.

Any questions from the media related to this recall should be directed to Chris Tuffi, 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. Questions regarding natural raw almonds purchased from R. Hirt may be directed to Tom DeVries, R. Hirt Jr., Co., 313-831-2020 ext. 13, Monday - Friday 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM.


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