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Omya Voluntarily Recalls Ground Limestone Products Due to Possible Health Risk
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - November 6, 2012 - Omya Inc. is voluntarily recalling certain lots of food grade ground limestone products processed at its Superior, Arizona plant because of the possible presence of Salmonella. There have been no reports of any illnesses or adverse health effects associated with any of Omya’s food grade ground limestone products. Although an investigation is still ongoing, Omya is recalling specific lots of Omya-Cal FG-4 AZ, Omya-Cal FG-10 AZ and Omya-Cal FG-15 AZ in the U.S. as a precaution. Omya’s voluntary recall is being conducted in consultation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The most common symptoms of Salmonella infection are diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever, which develop within eight to 72 hours of eating contaminated food. The illness usually lasts for four to seven days and most people recover without treatment. However, salmonellosis can be severe or even life threatening for infants, older people, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems. Individuals experiencing these symptoms should seek medical attention.
Omya’s food grade ground limestone products were sold to distributors and/or manufacturers as ingredients for further processing in the U.S. The food grade products were not distributed for retail sale to consumers.
Omya is diligently investigating the possible problem and implemented additional precautionary food safety measures.
The products involved in this voluntary recall are:
Omya-Cal FG-10 AZ
50 lb. bags
Omya-Cal FG-4 AZ
50 lb. bags
Omya-Cal FG-15 AZ
2500 lb. bulk bags
“Our top priority is public safety,” said Omya chief executive officer Region Americas Tony Colak. “We have notified all of our customers who received the above-listed products, and we are working with all the government agencies that are involved out of an abundance of caution.”
All questions regarding the product recall should be directed to Omya at ph. 1-877-650-3478 (press 1 for product return assistance and press 2 for all other questions).
Omya is a leading global producer of industrial minerals; mainly fillers and pigments derived from calcium carbonate and dolomite, and is a worldwide distributor of chemical products. The company's major markets are the paper, plastics, paint/coatings/adhesives industries as well as construction, environment, agriculture, food and pharmaceuticals. Founded in 1884, Omya has a global presence extending to more than 100 locations in over 50 countries and 7,000 employees. For more information visit the company’s Vermont website at http://omya.com.
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