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US Trading Recalls "999 Three Nine Brand Products", Because of Possible Health Risk

Contact:
Fanny Tov
415-822-8885

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- San Francisco, CA -- June 24, 2004 -- US Trading Co., of San Francisco, California is recalling the following product because it may be contaminated with Salmonella.

"999 Three Nine Brand white sesame seeds", Net Wt: 4oz and 8oz.

The product comes in both 4 and 8 ounce, clear plastic packages.

As a precautionary measure we have decided to recall the following additional 999 Three Nine Brand products in clear packages.

  • "999 Three Nine Brand black sesame seeds", Net Wt: 4oz. and 8oz.
  • "999 Three Nine Brand soya bean seeds", Net Wt: 16oz.
  • "999 Three Nine Brand peanuts w/skin", Net Wt: 14oz.
  • "999 Three Nine Brand peanuts without skin", Net Wt: 14oz.
  • "999 Three Nine Brand black eye beans", Net Wt: 14oz.
  • "999 Three Nine Brand chili pod", Net Wt: 2oz.
  • "999 Three Nine Brand sweet rice", Net Wt: 32oz.

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. Most cases resolve without the need for medical attention. However, some persons infected with Salmonella may experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Consumers with the above symptoms should consult their physician.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The contamination was identified when routine testing conducted by the California Department of Health Services (CDHS) revealed the presence of Salmonella in a sample of "999 Three Nine Brand" white sesame seeds.

The recalled "999 Three Nine Brand" products were distributed in retail stores throughout the state of California, Arizona, Alaska, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.

The products are marked with "999 Three Nine Brand" across the front of the package and labeled as being sold by Heng Packaging Trading Co. Product sold after March 30, 2004 is being recalled.

Production and distribution of the product has been suspended while CDHS, and the company continue their investigation as to the source of the problem.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged to cease use and to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund or dispose of it. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-453-5502.

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