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Orchid Island Juice Company Voluntarily Recalls Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice Due to Potential Salmonella Contamination

Contact:
Orchid Island Juice Company
772-465-1122

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE --Fort Pierce, FL-- Sept. 6, 2005 --- As a precautionary measure, Orchid Island Juice Company of Fort Pierce, Florida, is voluntarily recalling fresh squeezed (only) orange juice with an expiration code date of 9/15/05 thru 9/22/05, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Otherwise healthy individuals may suffer short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Long-term complications can include severe arthritis.

Orchid Island Juice Company distributes fresh squeezed orange juice in the following states: Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Consumers may have purchased or consumed the product through retail or foodservice establishments such as restaurants, hotels, resorts, or country clubs.

Orchid Island Juice Company's fresh squeezed (only) orange juice can be identified by the Natalie's Orchid Island Juice Company label as well as Albritton Fruit, Nino Salvaggio, Balducci's, Gourmet Garage, Zabar's and Ultimate label. Orange juice is sold in gallon, half gallon, quart, pint, 12 oz, and 8 oz sizes. The containers are made of plastic and are clear in color so the orange juice is visible. This recall is for only fresh squeezed orange juice product with an expiration date code of 9/15/05 thru 9/22/05.

A concern was noted after routine testing by the company revealed the potential to be contaminated with salmonella.

No illnesses have been reported associated with this recall.

The company will temporarily delicately pasteurize all their fresh squeezed products until the new season 2005-2006 Florida fruit is available.

Consumers who have purchased fresh squeezed (only) orange juice distributed by Orchid Island Juice Company with the specific code dates should throw the juice away and return just the container to the store of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Orchid Island Juice Company directly at 772-465-1122.

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