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Recall -- Firm Press Release

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Harvest Health Foods Recalls Raw Almonds

Contact:
Harvest Health Foods
616-245-6268

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Grand Rapids, MI -- May 28, 2004 -- Harvest Health Foods 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 various sized plastic bags under the Harvest Health Foods label. The products are labeled -- Raw Almonds and Haravest Mix through our two retail stores.

Harvest Health Foods distributes this product in Michigan. Customers may return the raw almonds or Harvest Mix that is associated with the 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 Harvest Health at 616-245-6268 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Monday through Friday.

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