May 28, 2004,
as reported by just-food.com: More than 13 million
pounds of raw almonds supplied by Paramount Farms in California
are under recall, reported the Chicago Tribune, Thursday
May 27. The recalled nuts are the focus of a federal investigation
into outbreaks of food poisoning by the Food and Drug
Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and
The US Food and Drug Administration said that before eating
any raw almonds having a "best before" date
of 8/21/04 or later, consumers are advised to check with
the store where they purchased the product to see if the
almonds came from Paramount Farms.
The FDA has received at least 20 reports of the illness
salmonella enteritidis that are possibly linked to the
almonds, the Tribune reported
The FDA said Paramount Farms distributed the almonds in
bulk or packaged nationwide to brokers, distributors and
grocery store chains, which in turn sold the almonds to
consumers in a variety of package sizes with a variety
of brand names. The almonds were also distributed to Mexico,
Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, France, England and Italy.
The FDA said the almonds have the potential to be contaminated
with Salmonella Enteriditis, bacteria that can cause serious
and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail
or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
Healthy people infected with salmonella often experience
fever, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
Last week Paramount Farms announced a limited recall of
raw almonds but has now extended the recall to include
raw natural diced almonds and to include all of its industrial
distributors and retailers.
The company said it chose to expand the recall after one
additional case of salmonellosis was confirmed in Michigan
that occurred more than three months ago.
The Almond Board of California (ABC) said it was working
with the FDA and the board’s members to address
food safety concerns following the recall by Paramount
“Despite FDA's advisory, consumers do not have to
refrain from eating almonds. This incident is limited
to raw almonds, which represent only a fraction of the
almonds sold to consumers. In fact, 95% of almonds sold
undergo processing, such as blanching, roasting or baking
which eliminates any potential bacteria such as Salmonella
Enteritidis,” ABC said.
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