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Royal Food International Recalls Almond Raw Because of Possible Health Risk

Contact:
Kenneth Hahn
718-392-3355

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- June 10, 2004 -- Royal Food International is conducting a voluntary recall on its distribution of raw whole almonds labeled as Almond Raw due to the possibility of contamination with Salmonella Enteritidis. The recalled almonds are packed in 5#, 10# and 25# boxes.

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.

Royal Food International distributes these products to retail stores, cafes and delis in NY and NJ.

This recall action 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 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 of a full refund. For further information, call Royal Food International at 718-392-3355 between 08:00 AM and 06:00 PM.

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