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LAKEVILLE, Minn. - Grist Mill Co., based here, is voluntarily recalling Fruit & Nut Trail Mix Granola Bars and Muesli Cereals, sold under retailer brand names, because they are potentially contaminated with salmonella.
"Although we have had no reported incidents of salmonella poisoning from these products, the company is just being overly cautious," FDA spokeswoman Kay Carpenter told Progressive Grocer.
The Fruit & Nut Trail Mix Granola Bars are packaged in 7.4-ounce boxes with expiration dates between June 6, 2004 (JUN0604) and Dec. 31, 2004 (DEC3104). The Muesli Cereals are packaged in a 15.3-ounce box with the expiration dates between Sept. 10, 2004 (SEP1004) and Dec. 10, 2004 (DEC1004).
The Fruit & Nut Trail Mix Granola Bars were distributed nationwide to retail chains and are sold under their brand names: Acme, Albertsons, BiLo, Food Club, Food Lion, Fred Meyer, Giant, Giant Eagle, Great Value, Hill Country Fare, Hy-vee, Jewel, Kroger, Laura Lynn, Meijer, Millville, Our Family, Price Chopper, Ralph's, Roundy's, Stater Brothers, Stop & Shop, Sunny Select, Tops and Weis. The Muesli Cereals were distributed nationwide to retail chains and are sold under their brand names: Acme, Albertsons, Archer Farm, Best Choice, Central Market, Flavorite, Fred Meyer, Harris Teeter, Hy-vee, Jewel, Kroger, Ralph's, Safeway, Select Healthy Advantage, Shaw's, and Shop & Save.
"All of these stores have been notified by phone, letter, and e-mail, with plenty of follow-ups, to make sure that the message doesn't slip by," Carpenter noted.
Almonds received by Grist Mill were randomly tested for the presence of salmonella. This ingredient testing did not reveal a presence of salmonella in raw almonds before the ingredient was used to manufacture the subject products, and there are no reported illnesses associated with these products. However, the company is working with the FDA to assure the quality and safety of the food supply.
This recall is in response to a voluntary recall by Paramount Farms of California of whole and diced raw almonds, based on over 20 possible illnesses associated with the almonds nationwide.