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American Natural Herbs & Spices Inc., Recalls "aSPICES Brand BASIL GROUND" Because of Possible Health Risk

Contact:
John Chansari
(510)477-4787

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Union City, CA -- May 25, 2005 -- American natural herbs & Spices Inc., of Union City, California, is recalling the following product because it may be contaminated with Salmonella: " aSPICES Brand BASIL GROUND"

This product comes in a 1 oz clear plastic bag with English wording and aSPICES logo. The package is green, gold and white and approximately 6"x1.5" in size with the bar code number, 82699803113. The firm's name and address appears on the back of the plastic bag. Product sold after August 26, 2004, is being recalled.

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 product.

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 "aSPICES brand Basil ground".

The recalled aSPICES Brand product was sold in supermarkets throughout California.

The company is asking supermarkets to discontinue distribution of this product and to promptly return the product and stock on hand to the company for credit. Consumers should not consume this product and return this product to the point of purchase for a refund.

Consumers with questions may contact John Chansari, General Manager at (510)477-4787.

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