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Recall of Trail Mix Fruit & Nut Granola Bars and Muesli Cereal Brands Because of Possible Health Risk

Contact:
Kay Carpenter
949-437-1144

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Lakeville, MN-- July 9, 2004 -- Grist Mill Company of Lakeville, MN, is voluntarily recalling Fruit & Nut Trail Mix Granola Bars and Muesli Cereals, sold under retailer brand names because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

The Fruit & Nut Trail Mix Granola Bars are packaged in 7.4 oz. boxes, with expiration dates between June 6, 2004 (JUN0604) and December 31, 2004 (DEC3104). The Muesli Cereals are packaged in a 15.3 oz. box with the expiration dates between September 10, 2004 (SEP1004) and December 10, 2004 (DEC1004).

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.

The Fruit & Nut Trail Mix Granola Bars were distributed nationwide to retail chains and are sold under their brand names: Acme, Albertson's, BiLo, Food Club, Food Lion, Fred Meyer, Giant, Giant Eagle, Great Value, Hill Country Fare, Hyvee, Jewel, Kroger, Laura Lynn, Meijer, Millville, Our Family, Price Chopper, Ralph's, Roundy, Stater Brothers, Stop & Shop, Sunny Select, Tops and Weis. The Muesli Cereals were distributed nationwide to retail chains and are sold under their brand names: Acme, Albertson's, Archer Farm, Best Choice, Central Market, Flavorite, Fred Meyer, Harris Teeter, Hyvee, Jewel, Kroger, Ralph's, Safeway, Select Healthy Advantage, Shaw's, and Shop & Save.

Almonds received by Grist Mill Company were randomly tested for the presence of Salmonella. This ingredient testing did not reveal a presence of Salmonella in raw almonds before the ingredient was used to manufacture the subject products and there are no reported illnesses associated with these products. However, the company is working with FDA to assure the quality and safety of the food supply.

This recall is in response to a voluntary recall by Paramount Farms of California of whole and diced raw almonds based on over 20 possible illnesses associated with the almonds nationwide.

These products should not be consumed but rather returned to the store of purchase for a full refund. For further information, call Grist Mill's information line at 1-800-233-7022.

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