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Apple Valley Natural Foods Recalls Raw Whole Almonds

Contact:
Apple Valley Natural Foods
269-471-3131

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - June 9, 2004 -- Apple Valley Natural Foods is conducting a voluntary recall on its distribution of raw whole almonds packaged as Almonds-Whole Raw Natural due to the possibility of contamination with Salmonella Enteritidis. The recalled almonds are packed in one pound packages under the Apple Valley Vegetarian Foods Emporium label, with product codes 3214 thru 4154.

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.

Apple Valley Natural Foods distributes this product in Michigan and Illinois.

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 Apple Valley Market between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. at (269) 471-3131.

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