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Anton-Argires, Inc. Recalls Argires Brand Tropical Mix

Contact:
George Argires
708-388-6250

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Alsip, IL -- June 4, 2004 -- Anton-Argires, Inc. is conducting a voluntary recall on its distribution of ARGIRES brand tropical mix that contains raw whole almonds due to the possibility of contamination with Salmonella Enteritidis. The recalled tropical mix are packed in 16oz plastic tubs or in 251b bulk under the ARGIRES brand name. The UPC code of the 16oz plastic tubs is 79003 74402. Any product purchased from April 16th, 2004 thru June 4, 2004 is subject to this recall.

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.

Anton-Argires, Inc. distributes this product in Illinois.

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 the FDA to assure that all potentially contaminated almonds are removed from the marketplace and that consumers are notified of the recall.

Our tropical mix that contains these almonds should not be consumed but rather returned to the store of purchase for a full refund. For further information, call Anton-Argires, Inc. at 708-388-6250 during our working hours of Monday-Friday 7 AM-3PM.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you and appreciate your understanding with respect to this recall.

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