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Recall -- Firm Press Release

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Royal Candy & Nut Co. Recalls Raw Whole Almonds and California Mix

Contact:
Royal Candy & Nut Co.
(773) 843-1905

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- June 1, 2004 -- Royal Candy &. Nut Co. is conducting a voluntary recall on its distribution of raw whole almonds and California mix packaged as Royal Candy products due to the possibility of contamination with Salmonella enteritidis. The recalled almonds are packed in 1 oz. packages and California mix in 2.1 oz packages under Royal Candy & Nut, Co. label, with product codes of 0305 and 0904.

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.

Royal Candy & Nut, Co. distributes this product in Illinois and Indiana.

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 and California mix should not be consumed but rather returned to Royal Candy & Nut Co. for a full refund. For further information, call Royal Candy & Nut Co., (773) 843-1905 between 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

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