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Marin Food Specialties, Inc. Initiates Voluntary Recall of Imported Organic Raw Almonds (Bitter Almonds) Due to Elevated Levels of Naturally Occurring Hydrogen Cyanide

Contact:
Consumer:
512-477-5566 ext. 20060

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — November 7, 2014— Marin Foods Specialties, Inc. of Byron, CA is voluntarily recalling Organic Raw Almonds (bitter almonds), due to them possibly containing elevated levels of naturally occurring hydrogen cyanide according to laboratory test results. To date, no human illnesses have been associated with these products and they have been pulled from sale.

Bitter almonds are the wild form of the edible "sweet almonds." Bitter almonds contain a chemical called glycoside amygdalin, which becomes transformed into toxic prussic acid (hydrogen cyanide) after they are crushed or chewed. Eating foods that contain prussic acid may result in some or all of the following signs and clinical symptoms within minutes: dizziness, headache, nausea and vomiting, rapid breathing, rapid heart rate, restlessness, and weakness. Exposure to higher quantities of food containing prussic acid may cause other more serious health effects including convulsions, loss of consciousness, low blood pressure, lung injury, slow heart rate, and respiratory failure leading to death. Showing these signs and symptoms does not necessarily mean that a person has been exposed to cyanide. Treatment with supportive measures and available specific and efficacious antidotes frequently allows survival.

The products were labeled as “Whole Foods Market Organic Raw Almonds Imported from Italy” and “Whole Foods Market Organic Raw Almonds Imported from Spain,” and were packaged in 13.5 oz. plastic tubs. The recalled products have sell-by dates from 4/18/15 to 6/7/15 and a UPC code of UPC 9-99482-00071-7. The recalled product was distributed to Whole Foods Market stores only in Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Reno, Nevada and Boise, Idaho including:

Northern California:

4315 Arden Way

Sacramento

CA

95864

3000 Telegraph Avenue

Berkeley

CA

94705

731 East Blithedale

Mill Valley

CA

94941

1140 Blossom Hill Rd.

San Jose

CA

95118

1690 South Bascom Avenue

Campbell

CA

95008

1710 41st Ave

Capitola

CA

95010

2001 Market Street

San Francisco

CA

94114

390 Coddingtown Mall

Santa Rosa

CA

95401

500 First St

Davis

CA

95616

270 Palladio Pkwy

Folsom

CA

95630

1765 California Street

San Francisco

CA

94109

3111 Mowry Ave

Fremont

CA

94538

650 W. Shaw Ave

Fresno

CA

93704

1025 Gilman Street

Berkeley

CA

94710

690 Stanyan St

San Francisco

CA

94117

230 Bay Place

Oakland

CA

94612

3502 Mt. Diablo Blvd.

Lafayette

CA

94549

4800 El Camino Real

Los Altos

CA

94022

15980 Los Gatos Blvd.

Los Gatos

CA

95032

414 Miller Avenue

Mill Valley

CA

94941

800 Del Monte Center

Monterey

CA

93940

3682 Bel Aire Plaza

Napa

CA

94558

3950 24th Street

San Francisco

CA

94114

790 DeLong Ave

Novato

CA

94945

1150 Ocean Ave

San Francisco

CA

94112

774 Emerson Street

Palo Alto

CA

94301

621 E. Washington Street

Petaluma

CA

94952

450 Rhode Island

San Francisco

CA

94107

1250 Jefferson Ave

Redwood City

CA

94063

1001 Galleria Blvd

Roseville

CA

95678

1010 Park Place

San Mateo

CA

94403

340 Third Street

San Rafael

CA

94901

100 Sunset Drive

San Ramon

CA

94583

911 Soquel Ave.

Santa Cruz

CA

95062

1181 Yulupa Ave.

Santa Rosa

CA

95405

6910 McKinley Street

Sebastopol

CA

95472

399 4th Street

San Francisco

CA

94107

201 West Napa Street #11

Sonoma

CA

95476

20955 Stevens Creek Blvd

Cupertino

CA

95014

1333 E. Newell Ave.

Walnut Creek

CA

94596

Oregon:

2610 NE Hwy 20

Bend

OR

97701

7380 SW Bridgeport Rd

Tigard

OR

97224

3535 NE 15th Ave.

Portland

OR

97212

12220 SW Scholls Ferry Road

Tigard

OR

97223

4301 NE Sandy Blvd

Portland

OR

97213

2825 East Burnside St.

Portland

OR

97214

1210 NW Couch Street

Portland

OR

97209

19440 NW Cornell Rd.

Hillsboro

OR

97124

Washington:

888 116th Ave. NE

Bellevue

WA

98004

2001 15th Ave - West

Seattle

WA

98119

2800 196th St. SW Ste. 100

Lynnwood

WA

98036

815 Southeast 160th Avenue

Vancouver

WA

98683

17991 NE Redmond Way

Redmond

WA

98052

1026 NE 64th Street

Seattle

WA

98115

2210 Westlake Avenue

Seattle

WA

98121

Reno, NV:

6139 South Virginia St

Reno

NV

89502

Boise, ID:

401 S. Broadway St

Boise

ID

83702

Customers who purchased the products at issue in the voluntary recall should discard the products and return to the store with their receipt for a full refund. Please contact 512-477-5566 ext. 20060 with any questions between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm Central Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

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