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Larry's Markets Recalls Bulk Bin Almonds Because of Possible Health Risk

Contact:
Elizabeth Bertani
206-523-1366

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Kirkland, WA -- May 28, 2004 -- Larry's Markets is conducting a voluntary recall on its distribution of raw whole almonds packaged in bulk bins at its stores at Redmond and Bellevue due to the possibility of contamination with Salmonella Enteritidis. The recalled almonds were sold in bulk bins in the months prior to February, 2004.

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.

Larry's Markets distributed this product only in bulk at its stores in Redmond and Bellevue.

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 Elizabeth Bertani at 206-523.1366 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm.

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