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Kastoria, Inc. Recalls Oasis Brand Almond Garlic Spread Because of Possible Health Risks

Contact:
Linda Marie
(206)633-4163

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Seattle, WA -- June 2, 2004 -- Kastoria, Inc., Seattle, WA is conducting a voluntary recall on its distribution of Oasis brand Almond Garlic Spread. The raw almonds used in the product are potentially contaminated with  Salmonella Enteritidis. The recalled Oasis brand Almond Garlic Spread is packed in 8 oz plastic tubs under the Oasis brand label with code date reading “If Frozen Use By: 05/04/04”.

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.

Oasis brand Almond Garlic Spread is distributed in retail stores in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska.

The 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 product is removed from the marketplace and that consumers are notified of the recall.

No reports of illness have been made from consumers of Oasis brand Almond Garlic Spread.

The Oasis brand Almond Garlic Spread should not be consumed but rather returned to the store of purchase for a full refund. For further information, call Kastoria, Inc., (206)633-4163 Monday–Friday 9-4pm PST.

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