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Recall -- Firm Press Release

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John B. Sanfilippo and Son, Inc. Recalls California Mix Due Possible Health Risk

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- June 29, 2004 -- John B. Sanfilippo and Son, Inc. is conducting a voluntary recall on its distribution of its California Mix products packaged under the Evon's brand name in 11 oz. packages and California Mix product packaged in 1 lb. 5 oz. unbranded clear packages showing "Distributed by John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc." on a sticker on the reverse side of the package due to the possibility of contamination of Salmonella Enteritidis in the almonds contained therein. The recalled Evon's California Mix product bears a "BEST BY" date of 3-30-05-05S1, and the unbranded California Mix product bears a "BEST BY" date of 01-30-05-0552.

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.

John B Sanfilippo and Son, Inc. distributes these products in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Minnesota and Michigan.

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 California Mix product should not be consumed but rather returned to the store of purchase for a full refund. For further information, call us at (847)-593-2300, ext. 0 from 7:30 AM and 5:00 PM Central Daylight Savings Time.

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