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Recall -- Firm Press Release

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Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market Voluntarily Recalls Fresh & Easy Milk Chocolate Peanut Clusters, Chewy Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Granola Bars, and Chewy Sweet & Salty Granola Bars Because of Possible Health Risk
Product may be returned to Fresh & Easy for full refund; no illnesses have been reported

Contact:
Brendan Wonnacott
Office: (916) 554-3466
Cell: (310) 384-3833

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- February 26, 2009 -- EL SEGUNDO, CA – In response to the investigations of Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) and its Texas facility, which has now been linked to the Salmonella recall, Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market Inc., is voluntarily recalling all date codes of fresh&easy™ Milk Chocolate Peanut Clusters, Sweet & Salty Granola Bars, Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

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. 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.

As a precaution, Fresh & Easy originally removed these products from sale in January.  These are the only Fresh & Easy products affected and they have not been directly linked to the salmonella outbreak, and there have been no illnesses reported.

Product Description

Barcode

Dates Affected

fresh&easy™ Milk Chocolate Peanut Clusters 8oz container5051379001292All Date Codes
fresh&easy™ Chewy Sweet & Salty Granola Bars 6count/7.4oz carton5051379001407All Date Codes
fresh&easy™ Chewy Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Granola Bars   6count/7.4oz carton5051379001384All Date Codes

  
The recalled products were sold in Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market stores located in California, Nevada, and Arizona.

Customers may return the product to Fresh & Easy for a full refund.  Consumers who have questions or concerns about this recall should contact the Fresh & Easy 24-hour toll free number 1 (800) 648-8622. 

Visit http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/salmonellatyph.html for information on all peanut and peanut butter related recalls.

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