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California Specialty Produce, Inc. Recalls Product Because of Possible Health Risk

Contact:
Luke LLano
760-599-5155

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Vista, CA -- May 27, 2005 -- California Specialty Produce, Inc. of Vista, Ca is recalling Red Pear Tomatos, because they have the potential of being contaminated with Salmonella, 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.

Red Pear Tomatos were shipped to wholesalers who are restaurant suppliers in New York, California, and Colorado, in the cities of: Bronx, Yonkers, Los Angeles and Denver.

Red Pear Tomatos are small pear-shaped tomatos about ½ inch long, and were distributed in white cardboard California Specialty Produce boxes with green print. Inside they were packaged in 12 clear plastic clamshell containers without labels measuring approx. 5in X 4in and 2 and 1/2 inches deep.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The recall was as the result of a routine sampling program by the FDA, which revealed that the products contained the bacteria. The company has ceased distribution of this product from this producer as the FDA and the company continue their testing to assure the problem has been resolved.

Customers who have purchased Red Pear Tomatos from this company are urged to return them for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-760-599-5155.

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