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Recall -- Firm Press Release

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American Spoon Foods Recalls Cherry Nut Mix and American Spoon Bar Mix Due to the Possible Contamination with Salmonella

Contact:
American Spoon Foods
1-800-222-5886

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Petoskey, MI -- June 2, 2004 -- American Spoon Foods® is conducting a voluntary recall on its distribution of  Paramount Farms raw natural whole (or diced) almonds packaged as  Cherry Berry Nut Mix and American Spoon Bar Mix due to the possibility of contamination with  Salmonella Enteritidis.

The recalled almonds were packed in 6 oz and one pound packages of the Cherry Berry Nut Mix and 7 oz packages of American Spoon Bar Mix. The recall includes any packages dated on or before August 18, 2004.

Our company is taking this action because of a nationwide recall implemented by  Paramount Farms of Lost Hills, California that supplied the almonds. ASF is working closely with the FDA to assure the quality and safety of the products we distribute.

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.

American Spoon Foods distributes this product through ASF retail stores located in Michigan as well as our mail order catalog.

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  American Spoon Foods @ 1-800-222-5886 between 8:30am-5: 30pm Eastern Time.

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