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Recall -- Firm Press Release

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Sahadi Fine Foods Inc. Recalls Shelled Almonds Because of Possible Health Risk

Contact:
Sahadi Fine Foods, Inc.
718-369-0100

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Brooklyn, NY -- June 10, 2004 -- Sahadi Fine Foods, Inc. is conducting a voluntary recall on its distribution of raw whole almonds packaged as Shelled Almonds due to the possibility of contamination with Salmonella Enteritidis. The recalled almonds are packed in 25-pound packages under the Regina Brand with item code of 60280.

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.

Sahadi Fine Foods, Inc. distributes this product nationally to retailers.

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 the 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 place of purchase for a full refund. For further information, please contact:

Sahadi Fine Foods, Inc.
4215 1st Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11232
T: 718.369.0100
F: 718.369.0800
E-mail: mail@sahadifinefoods.com
Monday - Friday
8AM - 4PM

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