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Recall -- Firm Press Release

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Down to Earth Sprouts Recalls Alfalfa and Spicy Mix Products Because of Possible Health Risk

Contact:
Lauree Kramer
406-442-4642

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Helena, MT -- June 17, 2004 -- Down to Earth Sprouts is recalling its 4 ounce and 1 pound bulk packages of alfalfa and spicy mix sprouts because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, 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.

The recalled sprouts were distributed in retail stores and restaurants in Montana.

The alfalfa and spicy mix sprouts come in a 4 ounce, clear plastic sandwich bag which is sealed shut with a Down to Earth label. The 1 pound bulk packages are packed in a 4x4.5x15 clear plastic bag sealed with a twist tie.

This recall is being conducted based on the potential problem of seed contamination. The Down to Earth company has ceased operation and distribution while the FDA continues their investigation as to the source of the problem.

Consumers who have purchased any 4 ounce packages, or 1 pound packages of alfalfa or spicy mix sprouts on or after May 30, 2004 are urged to discard them immediately. Consumers with questions may contact Down to Earth Sprouts at 406-442-1407.

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