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Jeppi Nut and Candy Company Almonds Recalled

Contact:
Jeppi Nut and Candy Company
410-252-7069

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Timonium, MD -- June 7, 2004 -- Jeppi Nut and Candy Company is conducting a voluntary recall on its distribution of raw whole (or diced) almonds packaged as Jeppi Nut Company due to the possibility of contamination with  Salmonella Enteritidis. The recall follows the following products.

Raw Whole Almonds labeled Jeppi Nut 25#, 16oz, 8oz

Raw Diced Almonds labeled as Jeppi Nut 16oz

#82 Mix labeled as Jeppi Nut 25#, 16oz, 8oz

Koala Bear Mix labeled as Jeppi Nut 22#, 16oz

Cases of 24 - 8oz packages of Raw Whole Almonds and #82 Mix are identified by LOT numbers A0504 - E2404, where the letter corresponds to the month, first two digits, the day and last two digits, the year.

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.

 Jeppi Nut and Candy Company distributes this product in  Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Northern Virginia.

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 an even exchange. For further information, call  Jeppi Nut and Candy Company at 410-252-7069 Monday through Friday from 8:00AM - 5:30PM or Saturday 9:00AM - 1:00PM.

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