May 2004

Awrey Bakeries Inc. announced a recall of its Tropical Chocolate Cake, which contains diced almonds from a California-based almond grower, due to possible salmonella contamination.

Awrey Bakeries bought the almonds from Paramount Farms Inc. of California. The FDA has expanded a recall of Paramount’s raw almonds to 13 million pounds because of the possibility of

Penzeys Spices is recalling its packages of Hungarian Half-Sharp Paprika, sold in Texas and elsewhere, because of the possibility of salmonella contamination.

The Brookfield, Wis., company said the recall involves 1,724 pounds of the spice sold since last August in a variety of sizes, according to the Associated Press.

The company distributes spices through mail

Brinker International, owner of the 968-unit Chili’s Grille and Bar franchise, has informed the city of Vernon Hills, Illinois that the restaurant would not reopen nor would it be replaced by any of the other food and dining operations owned by the corporation.

The Dallas-based corporation with about 1,400 restaurants and sales exceeding $3 billion

Kar Nut Products Company of Ferndale, MI, is recalling various Kar Nut branded packages of mixes containing raw almonds because they have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella, according to a press release.

The recalled product was manufactured with almonds received from Paramount Farms and were distributed nationwide in vending machines and retail

Three Michigan nut packagers have issued recalls of natural raw whole brown almonds because of possible salmonella contamination.

Variety Foods Inc. of Warren, Thrift Products Co. of Grand Rapids and Germack Pistachio Co. of Detroit, all repackage almonds grown in California for resale in Michigan and other states.

Variety Foods’ recall affects products with the

Attorney William Marler has filed a U.S. District Court lawsuit against Paramount Farms of California for a Kennewick family who ate tainted raw almonds in February.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a recall last week of 5 million pounds of the raw almonds after five cases of salmonella poisoning in which they were

Marler Clark, a prominent Seattle food-safety law firm, filed suit against Kern County nut processor Paramount Farms, whose raw almonds are the target of a greatly expanded product recall.

The Food and Drug Administration says nuts potentially tainted by salmonella bacteria likely are in a wider array of packages and stores than first announced.


Melissa Plantenga, who tracks food-borne diseases for the Oregon Department of Human Services, detected a pattern that would force Los Angeles-based Paramount Farms Inc., the nation’s largest almond grower, to recall 13 million pounds of almonds over the last week, equivalent to about a quarter of its annual production.

Soon after the Department started receiving

Scott and Shawnna Morris and their children ages 3 and 1 of Kennewick, Washington, are plaintiffs in a lawsuit alleging Shawnna Morris and the children were sickened by salmonella-contaminated almonds bought in January from a Costco store.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Spokane, alleges Los Angeles-based Paramount Farms sold contaminated almonds