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Recall -- Firm Press Release

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Perfect Sprouts Recalls Perfect Sprouts Brand Alfalfa Sprouts, Green Sprout Mix and Zesty Sprout Mix Because of Possible Health Risk

Contact:
Jeffrey Stone
(503) 829-7082

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Mulino, OR -- June 18, 2004 -- Perfect Sprouts of Mulino, Oregon is recalling their 4 ounce packages of Perfect Sprouts brand Green Sprout Mix and Perfect Sprouts brand Zesty Sprout Mix , and their 5 ounce, 1 pound, 2 pound and 3 pound packages of Perfect Sprouts brand Alfalfa 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 Green Sprout Mix, Zesty Sprout Mix and Alfalfa Sprouts were distributed in Oregon and Washington to retail outlets and restaurants.

The Green Sprout Mix and Zesty Sprout Mix come in a 4 ounce, clear plastic package. The Alfalfa Sprouts come in a 5 ounce and 1 pound clear plastic package. The 2 pound and 3 pound Alfalfa Sprouts come in a black plastic tray. There are no codes on the product. Sprouts manufactured using the suspect seed lot were last distributed to wholesalers on June 4, 2004. Further distribution by the wholesalers may have occurred on or after that date.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with Perfect Sprouts product.

This recall is being conducted based on the potential problem of seed contamination. As of June 4, 2004, Perfect Sprouts has ceased production and distribution of the affected seed lot. Perfect Sprouts is working with the FDA regarding this recall.

Consumers who have purchased 4 ounce packages of Perfect Sprouts brand Green Sprout Mix and Perfect Sprouts brand Spicy Sprout Mix or 5 ounce, 1 pound, 2 pound and 3 pound packages of Perfect Sprouts brand Alfalfa Sprouts are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (503) 829-7082.

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