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GloryBee Foods Recalls Whole Raw Pistachio and Whole Raw Pistachio Kernels Because of Possible Health Risk

Contact:
GloryBee Foods, Inc.
120 N. Seneca Rd.
Eugene, OR. 97402
Gary Powell / 541-689-0913

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - August 20, 2010 - GloryBee Foods, Inc., of Eugene, Oregon is voluntarily recalling Aunt Patty's brand 5 pound bags of Whole Raw Pistachios and 25 lb. boxes of Specialty Commodities brand Whole Raw Pistachios Kernels, because it has the potential to be 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.

The Whole Raw Pistachio Kernels were distributed in Oregon (Western to Central Oregon) and Washington (Western Washington) by direct delivery to retail stores and bakeries.

Whole Raw Pistachio Kernels were sold to GloryBee Foods, Inc. in 25 lb. boxes from Specialty Commodities, Inc. Labels on these boxes consist of "Packed for Specialty Commodities, Los Angeles, CA. 90010." The sides of the boxes are stamped in red with the lot number 32043.

GloryBee Foods, Inc. also re-packed these pistachios into 5 lb. bags (2.27 kg) labeled "Aunt Patty's Whole Raw Pistachios," lot number MG0017400, item number 16046., P/D 07/06/10, and UPC 0 30042 70040 8.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The potential for contamination was noted after testing by California Delights, Inc. revealed the presence of Salmonella in their lot number 32043.

Consumers are urged to return all recalled product in stock to GloryBee Foods for a weight-based refund. Please contact Greg Wilson at 1-(800)-456-7923 to arrange delivery and product replacement between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 a.m.

If consumers have redistributed the product identified in this press release, or used the pistachios in the manufacture of another product, GloryBee foods urges the consumer to notify its customers that the pistachios may be contaminated with Salmonella. We encourage you to contact your local FDA district office for assistance in conducting a recall of product distributed and/or manufactured containing these pistachios.

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