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US Nutrition, Inc. Conducts Nationwide Recall of Karma Organic Double Chocolate Bars and Karma Organic Orange Cranberry Almond Bars Due to Possible Health Risk

Contact:
Carl Hymans
G.S. Schwartz & Co.
212-725-4500
 Customer Contact: 1-800-854-5019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- February 3, 2009 -- U.S. Nutrition of Ronkonkoma, NY, is conducting a voluntary recall of Karma Organic Double Chocolate Bars and Karma Organic Orange Cranberry Almond Bars because the products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. This action is a result of the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) expanded recall of January 28, 2009 for all products manufactured in their Blakely, Georgia facility since January 1, 2007. These bars were not manufactured by U.S. Nutrition.

Salmonella is an organism that 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. For more information on Salmonella, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Website at http://www.cdc.gov

The following bars were distributed nationwide via retail stores:

Karma Organic Double Chocolate Bars

UPC Code SizeBest ByLot Number
49826-1703550g foil wrapped barJune 29, 2009EM1818F81
49826-170369-50g bars per boxJune 29, 2009EM1818F81

Karma Organic Orange Cranberry Almond Bars

UPC Code SizeBest ByLot Number
49826-1704150g foil wrapped barJune 29, 2009EM1818F82
49826-170429-50g bars per boxJune 29, 2009EM1818F82

This recall only affects the lot numbers listed above.

U.S. Nutrition has not received any reports of consumer illness complaints regarding these products.

The products listed above should not be consumed, but rather returned to the retail store for a refund or exchange.  Consumers with questions should contact the company at 1-800-854-5019, Monday – Friday from 9:00am to 7:00pm EST.

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