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January 27, 2000

Imagine Foods Recalls Contaminated "Rice Dream Original Enriched" Beverage

Palo Alto, CA (SafetyAlerts) - Imagine Foods, Inc. is voluntarily recalling certain 32 oz. packages of its "Rice Dream Original Enriched" beverage product because it may be contaminated with Bacillus cereus.

Bacillus cereus is a spoilage organism, which may cause diarrhea, nausea and other harmful symptoms.  Four consumer complaints with two illnesses have been reported to date.

The recalled drink product bears the code "DEC/14/00/A" and a time code ending with /4 ("xx:xx:xx/4") next to the white pouring cap on the top of the cardboard package. The code "4A12149" is printed on the bottom of the container.

Approximately 3375 packages, packed on December 14, 1999 by California Natural Products,  were inadvertently distributed to health food stores and other retailers in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.  The company says it has identified and corrected the condition that caused the contamination.

Consumers should return products with the codes in question to the place of purchase for a refund or exchange. No other Imagine Foods' products are affected by this action.

For additional information, consumers may call 1-877-760-8775 or visit the Imagine Foods website at

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