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Zambales Bakery Recalls Atchara (Pickled Papaya) and Ampalaya Atchara Because of Possible Health Risk

Contact:
Juliet M. Villamor
858 566-7148 or 858 335-9513

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- San Diego, CA -- October 8, 2004 -- Zambales Bakery of San Diego, CA is recalling an unknown quantity of Atchara (Pickled Papaya) and Ampalaya Atchara, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled.

Botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning, can cause the following symptoms: general weakness, dizziness, double-vision and trouble with speaking or swallowing. Difficulty in breathing, weakness of other muscles, abdominal distension and constipation may also be common symptoms. People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention.

The Atchara (Pickled Papaya) and Ampalaya Atchara was distributed via direct delivery tosupermarkets in San Diego and Los Angeles Counties. Some of the retail locations include Seafood City in Mira Mesa, National City , Chula Vista, West Covina, and Panorama City, as well as Food Mart in National City. There may have been additional consignees as the products were delivered by company vehicles with little documentation.

The Atchara (Pickled Papaya) and Ampalaya Atchara were packed in 1 pound clear plastic jars with white screw on plastic lids. The labels have the product name Atchara or Ampalaya Atchara, ingredient listing, Zambales Bakery & Foods Corp, Camino Ruiz SD Ca 92126. There are no expiration, lot codes or use by dates.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

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