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The Nut Bar Company Recalls Natural Raw Almonds

Contact:
Nut Bar Company
1-800-821-1067

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Grand Rapids, MI -- May 27, 2004 -- The Nut Bar Company of Grand Rapids , Michigan , has joined a  voluntary recall of natural raw almonds bulk packaged by Paramount Farms of California. This voluntary raw almond recall is due to the possibility of contamination with Salmonella Enteritidis.

The Paramount natural raw almonds involved are sold in one-pound, zip lock plastic bags, under the Nut Bar label “Almonds.” The Nut Bar “Almond” bags have a sell by date on or before 1-01-05 located on the bottom seal of the bag and have the Uniform Product Code (UPC) 7813800503.

The natural raw almonds subject to this voluntary recall were sold ONLY through:

  • Jungle Jim's;
  • Sautter's Food Centers;
  • Roundy's;
  • Spartan Stores; and
  • Van Eerdens.

This voluntary recall of natural raw almonds does not apply to any Nut Bar Company almonds sold through any Meijer Store since these raw almonds were obtained from a source different than  Paramount Farms. 

The Paramount natural raw almonds involved are also an ingredient in a mix sold in one-pound, zip lock plastic bags, under the Nut Bar label “California Mix.” The Nut Bar “California Mix” bags have a sell by date on or before 2-14-05 located on the bottom seal of the bag and have the Uniform Product Code (UPC) 7813800518. The Nut Bar Company voluntary recall of its “ California Mix” applies to sales at all retail outlets.

 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, infections 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.

Nut Bar Company distributes this product in Michigan , Ohio , Indiana , Illinois , and Kentucky . Customers may return the Nut Bar raw “Almonds” or Nut Bar “California Mix” that is associated with this recall to the stores where they were purchased.

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 the FDA to assure that all potentially contaminated almonds are removed from the marketplace and that consumers are notified of the recall.

Customers with questions about the recall may call Nut Bar Company at 1-800-821-1067 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Monday though Friday.

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