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Recall -- Firm Press Release

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TV Food LLC Recalls "Curry Spice" Because of Possible Health Risk




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- April 27, 2009 -- TV Food LLC of San Leandro, California, is recalling its 3.5ounce package of "Curry Spice", because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, 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 "Curry Spice" was distributed to only two retail stores in Northern California: Richmond New May Wah Supermarket on 711-719 Clement Street in S.F., CA. and New Saigon Supermarket on 950 International Blvd in Oakland, CA.

The product comes in a 3.5 ounce, clear plastic container with a red plastic lid, expiration date 01/31/2010, product name is labeled three different languages: English ("Curry" Spice), French (Saveur De "Curry" poudre) and in Vietnamese (Bot Gia Vi Ca Ri).  The bar code number is 9-87512-31986-1.   This is a product of Vietnam.

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

The potential for contamination was noted after sampling by FDA revealed the presence of Salmonella in some 3.5ounce package of "Curry Spice" 

TV Food has ceased the distribution of this product and has withdrawn the inventory sold to the two retail stores noted above.

Consumers who have purchased 3.5ounce package of "Curry Spice" from either Richmond New May Wah Supermarket or New Saigon Supermarket in California are urged to return them to these retail stores for a full refund.  Consumers with questions may contact TV Food at 510-483-3518, M-F from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT.


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