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Paleta California Co. Announces Voluntary Recall of Frozen Mamey Paletas Because of Potential Contamination with Salmonella Typhi
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - August 27, 2010 - In response to the voluntary recall by Goya Foods, Inc. of their frozen mamey pulp, Paleta California, Co. is voluntarily recalling its 4 oz. Mamey Supreme Cream Bar (frozen fruit bars also known as "paletas") due to a potential health risk from Salmonella Typhi.
Salmonella Typhi is a bacterium that causes a life-threatening illness called typhoid fever. Persons with typhoid fever develop high and sustained fever, headache, constipation, chills, severe abdominal pain, fatigue, and other signs and symptoms. Typhoid fever can last from 3 to 4 weeks and may be serious or even fatal. Most ill persons need to be hospitalized for appropriate antibiotic treatment, and the infection is usually diagnosed by a blood test. Some persons with typhoid fever recover from the illness but continue to carry the bacteria and can pass it on to others. Both ill persons and carriers shed S. Typhi in their feces. Populations at highest risk of infection include infants, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems.
The recalled Mamey Supreme Cream Bar was distributed only in Southern California. Consumers may have purchased the recalled fruit bars through retail stores. The product retail unit comes in 4 oz. plastic wrapped frozen fruit bars. The Mamey Paletas are shipped to retail establishments in a package of 24 fruit bars per box. All production lot codes are being affected by this recall. The UPC of the recalled product is 636418002000. No other Paleta California, Co. products are affected.
Consumers who have purchased the recalled 4 oz frozen mamey fruit bars are urged to discard the product or return it to the point of purchase for a refund. Consumers with questions can contact California Paleta’s Consumer Affairs Department at (562) 944-0680 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8AM to 5PM EDT.