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Neighbors Coffee Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Nuts in Coffee

Steve Neighbors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Oklahoma City, OK -- August 13, 2004 -- Neighbors Coffee of Oklahoma City, OK, is recalling all whole bean coffees produced with nuts as an ingredient. The hazelnuts, almonds, peanuts, and/or pecans were undeclared ingredients used in all nut-flavored, whole bean coffees packed in 8 ounce, 1 pound, and 5 pound bags. People who have allergies to these nuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The whole bean, nut-flavored coffees in 8 ounce and larger packages include the following flavors produced 2-12-04 through 8-12-04. the 5 pound bags are marked with lot numbers 0434-2254 on the front, bottom center of the package. The 8 ounce and 1 pound packages do not bear a lot code.

Almond Amaretto
Chocolate Hazelnut
Coco Mocho Nut
French Vanilla Almond
Honey Maple Praline
Vanilla Nut Creme
Banana Nut Creme
Chocolate Pecan Fudge
Dark Roast Hazelnut
Sooner Smoother
Butter Pecan
Cinnamon Choc. Almond
Dutch Choc. Almond
Hazelnut Creme
Southern Pecan
Caramel Nut
Coco Caberet
Frangelico Creme
Holiday Cheer
Pralines & Creme
Toasted Almond

The recalled whole bean, nut-flavored coffees were distributed nationwide in retail stores and through mail orders.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the nut-containing products were distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of nuts as an ingredient. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The problem has been corrected by Neighbors Coffee voluntarily eliminating any and all nut additives in their flavored coffees.

Consumers with allergies to nuts or any concern about allergies to nuts who have purchased whole bean 8 ounce, 1 pound, or 5 pound bags of nut-flavored coffee are urged to return them to the place of purchase for an exchange or full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-299-9016.


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