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St. Laurent Brothers Recalls Raw Whole Almonds 

Contact:
Keith Whitney or Steve Frye
1-800-289-7688

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Bay City, MI -- May 27, 2004 -- St. Laurent Brothers of Bay City, Michigan is conducting a voluntary recall on its distribution of raw whole almonds due to the possibility of contamination with  Salmonella Enteritidis. The recalled almonds are sold through its retail location and wholesaled in 50 lb. boxes with the Paramount Farms name and logo on the box. The 50 lb. boxes will have lot numbers with the first three digits ranging from 252-338 are included in this recall.

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.

St. Laurent Brothers distributes this product in Michigan.

This recall is in follow-up to a voluntary recall announced in mid-May by Paramount Farms of California of whole and diced raw almonds based on over 20 possible cases of illnesses associated with the almonds. The cases were reported in California, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Utah, New Mexico, Arkansas, Tennessee, Massachusetts and Michigan. We are working with FDA to assure that all potentially contaminated almonds are removed from the marketplace and that consumers are notified of the recall.

The raw almonds should not be consumed but rather returned to the store of purchase for a full refund. For further information, call St. Laurent Brothers Inc. at 1-800-289-7688 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday (Ask for Keith Whitney or Steve Frye).

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