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Recall -- Firm Press Release

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Rainbow Garden Kauai Recalls Alfalfa Sprouts Sold Before June 10, 2004 Because of Possible Health Risk

Rainbow Garden Kauai

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Kapaa, HI -- June 23, 2004 -- Rainbow Garden Kauai, Kapaa, Hawaii, is recalling its 1 lb. bulk and 4 oz. packages of alfalfa sprouts which were distributed through wholesale/retail/Sunshine market sales on Kauai. The sprouts were germinated from a seed lot which recent epidemiological data suggested may have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella Bovismorbificans. Healthy persons infected with salmonella may experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Most cases resolve without the need for medical attention. Consumers with the above symptoms should consult with their physician.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with Rainbow Garden Kauai.

The sprouts are packaged in one-pound and four-ounce plastic bags, labeled "Rainbow Garden Kauai Alfalfa Sprouts." The products are not dated but could have been purchased up through and including June 10, 2004.

Rainbow Garden Kauai is working with the FDA regarding this recall, which is voluntary and is a precautionary measure for any sprouts grown from this seed lot which has been implicated in recent illnesses due to infection with Salmonella Bovismorbificans in Oregon and Washington where 14 people were affected.

Customers who purchased these products are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund and anyone with questions may contact Rainbow Garden Kauai, Inc. at 808-822-1921.


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