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Nutri-Foods Recalls "Organic Sesame Seeds Natural - Unhulled" Because of Possible Health Risk


John Bettin


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- February 15, 2008 -- Nutri-Foods, Inc. ("Nutri-Foods") of Royal Oak, Michigan, is recalling its .50 pound packages of "Organic Sesame Seeds Natural - Unhulled" due to possible salmonella contamination, 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 illness such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The recalled "Organic Sesame Seeds Natural - Unhulled" were sold at Nutri-Foods.

The product comes in a .50 pound clear plastic package with a product SKU #170 at the top and a "packed on" date of December 28. This product was sold from circa December 15, 2007 through January 28, 2008.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

Production of the product has been suspended while the FDA and manufacturer of the product continue their investigation.

Consumers who have purchased the .50 pound package are urged to return them to Nutri-Foods for a full refund. Consumers with questions may call Nutri-Foods at (248) 541-6820 and ask for John B. or Judy.


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