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  This release was revised on August 23, 2007 to include areas of distribution.

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Los Angeles Salad Company Voluntarily Recalls Product Because of Possible Health Risk

Contact:
John Shaughnessy
626-322-9017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Industry, CA -- August 22, 2007 -- Los Angeles Salad Company, located in City of Industry, CA is recalling its "Genuine Sweet Baby Carrots" with a Sell By Date Code up to and including August 16, 2007 printed on the back of the packages because the product may be contaminated with the bacteria Shigella. Shigella infection can cause diarrhea (which may be bloody), fever, nausea and vomiting. Illness usually lasts from 4 to 14 days. In some persons, especially the very young, the very old and people with compromised immune systems, the diarrhea can be more severe. Infection can occur after eating and drinking food and water that is contaminated with Shigella and can be passed from person to person.

The product was sold in packages with two labels. One is labeled "Los Angeles Salad Genuine Sweet Baby Carrots" distributed by Kroger Co. King Sooper, in Colorado, Kroger Co. Ralphs in California; Publix in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina and Florida. All of these packages were sold in flexible plastic bags in 7 and 8 oz. size with a Sell By Date Code up to and including August 16, 2007. The second label was "Trader Joe's Genuine Sweet Baby Carrots" distributed by Trader Joe's in Arizona, California, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon and Washington in 7 oz. flexible plastic bags with a Sell By Date Code up to and including August 8, 2007.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the same product sold in Canada was contaminated with Shigella. There were four reported incidences of illness in Canada from August 4-6, 2007. No one was hospitalized and all persons affected have fully recovered. An ongoing investigation is being conducted to find the cause of the problem, but at this time the source has not been determined.

This is precautionary notice. Consumers who have purchased Los Angeles Salad Company's "Genuine Sweet Baby Carrots" are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Los Angeles Salads at (1-626-322-9017).

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