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Nature's Path Recalls Peanut Butter Optimum Energy Bars Nationwide Because of Possible Health Risk

Maria Emmer-Aanes, Nature’s Path                   
Jessica Vitale, Zeno Group


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- January 20, 2009 -- Nature's Path Organic Foods of Richmond, British Columbia, Canada is recalling Optimum Energy Bars Peanut Butter flavor, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The Optimum Energy Bars Peanut Butter flavor were manufactured using peanut butter recalled by Peanut Corporation of American because it has 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.

The affected products are marked with the BEST BEFORE DATE OF 01OCT09A and sold in 2 oz (56 g) individually wrap bar with UPC code of 0 58449 77715 1.

Consumers who have an Optimum Energy Bar Peanut Butter flavor with this expiration date should return it to the retail store where they purchased it for a full refund. If they have any questions they should call the Nature's Path customer service line at 1-866-880-7284.

No illnesses have been reported in connection with Optimum Energy Bars. No other Nature's Path products are being recalled. The peanut butter in all other Nature's Path products is sourced from Golden Boy Foods in British Columbia, Canada, which is in no way involved in the investigation.

We at Nature's Path are committed to producing exceptional products and hold the health of our customers, along with quality and food safety, as our top priorities, said Arran Stephens, Founder and CEO of Nature's Path. We are issuing this voluntary recall as a precautionary measure out of concern for the health and safety of our customers."


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