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Gretchen's Shoebox Express Voluntarily Recalls Evolution Brand Cinnamon Apple & Almond
Butter Sandwiches and Almond Butter Because of Possible Health Risk



- September 25, 2012 - Out of the utmost caution and care for our customers, Gretchen's Shoebox Express in Seattle, Washington, is initiating a voluntary recall of Evolution Fresh Brand Cinnamon Apple & Almond Butter Sandwiches and Almond Butter that contain Almond Butter associated with the Sunland, Inc., recall. The Almond Butter 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. 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 illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

There have been no reported illnesses attributed to these two recalled items. Gretchen's Shoebox Express is issuing this voluntary recall linked to the supplier's Almond Butter recall to minimize the risk to the public health.

The two recalled products were distributed solely to two Evolution Fresh stores in Seattle and Bellevue, Washington, from 7/24/12 to 9/23/2012. A list of the two recalled products is identified in the table below.

The sandwich product is hand wrapped in clear cellophane, with prominent label identification. The Almond Butter is packaged in a clear plastic oval-shaped container with prominent label identification. Both products have a white code date sticker on their respective sides, stating "Enjoy by" followed by the date in the following format: M DD, for example 9 25 standing for Sept 25th . The company has ceased production and distribution of these items.

Anyone who has the recalled product in their possession should not consume it and should destroy or discard the product. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 206-623-8194 Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Pacific Time).

This recall is being made with the knowledge of the Food and Drug Administration.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this regard. Please feel free to contact us should you require additional information or assistance.

Recalled Products and Pack Codes:

BrandProductPack SizeUPCCode Date RangeIncluded States
Evolution FreshCinnamon Apple & Almond butter Sandwich5.75 oz762111926371Enjoy By 07/26/12-09/25/12WA
Evolution FreshAlmond Butter2 oz762111-26838Enjoy By 08/07/12-10/07/12WA



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