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Recall -- Firm Press Release

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Arco Nut and Candy LLC Recall of Peanut Products Because of Possible Health Risk

Desirey Williamson
Arco Nut and Candy LLC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- March 19, 2009 -- Riverside, California -- Arco Nut and Candy LLC of Riverside, California, today announced a voluntary recall of repackaged peanut products. This is a precautionary measure resulting from the PCA (Peanut Corporation of America) expanded recall for all products that have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Salmonella is 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 serious illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Arco Nut and Candy distributed the affected products to local fundraisers and retail customers in California from December 1, 2007 to December 31, 2008.

The following peanut products are being recalled:

  • Arco Nut & Candy: Blanched Virginia Peanuts – Roasted Only (0.5 lb , 1.0 lb, and 5.0 lb)
  • Arco Nut & Candy: Blanched Virginia Peanuts (0.5 lb, 1.0 lb, and 5.0 lb)
  • Arco Nut & Candy: Unsalted Blanched Peanuts – Roasted in Vegetable Oil (0.5 lb, 1.0 lb, and 5.0 lb)
  • Arco Nut & Candy: Salted Spanish Peanuts – Roasted in Vegetable Oil and Salted (0.5 lb, 1.0 lb, and 5.0 lb)
  • Arco Nut & Candy: Raw Spanish Peanuts (0.5 lb, 1.0 lb, and 5.0 lb)

The above products do not have lot numbers, UPC codes, or expiration dates printed on the packages. They are packaged in see-through, plastic pouches that are folded twice and sealed with either a plastic label or paper label.

No known illnesses have been reported to date in connection with any of these products. This recall is being made with the knowledge of the Food and Drug Administration. This recall was initiated after the firm was informed by their wholesaler that the above peanuts were purchased from PCA.

Consumers or Fundraisers who have purchased any of the affected products are urged to destroy the product. Destruction method for the remaining peanut items is as follows: please open the packages and either water the item down or crush the product, and throw it away. Be sure to render the product so that no animal or human may consume the product out of the trash or wherever it is disposed of. Consumers with questions may contact Arco Nut and Candy LLC at 951.689.5411. (Call between 8:00am – 5:00pm Monday – Friday, Saturday 10:00am – 3:30pm).


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