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Recall -- Firm Press Release

 

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Superior Nut and Candy Recalls Raw Whole Almonds

Contact:
Superior Nut and Candy
(773) 254-7900

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- May 28, 2004 Superior Nut and Candy is conducting a voluntary recall on its distribution of raw whole almonds and almond containing products due to the possibility of contamination with Salmonella enteritidis . The recalled almonds and almond containing products were packed for the following companies under the following brands:

CompanyBrandProduct NamePackaging sizeLot Numbers
Superior Nut and CandySuperior Nut & CandyTropical Mix25 lb cases41404
International FoodsJake's Trading CompanyEnergy Mix16 oz4092
Imperial FoodsImperial Foods Tropical Mix5 oz120103
FigisFigisCalifornia Fruit Mix25 lb cases032304
Caito FoodsCaito FoodsTropical Mix16 oz033104
Imperial FoodsImperial FoodsTropical Mix5 oz021104
Imperial FoodsImperial FoodsTropical Mix5 oz021204
Warner CandiesWarner CandiesWhole Almonds2.25 oz021104

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 produce more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e, infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Superior Nut and Candy distributed these products in Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri and Illinois.

This firm 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 to 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 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 Superior Nut and Candy, phone (773) 254-7900, Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

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