November 15, 1999Sun Orchard, Sysco, Aloha
and Zupan Brand Orange Juice Recalled
Nationwide Warning - New Distribution and Codes Added
Expanded - New date and distribution
Tempe, AZ (SafetyAlerts) - Sun Orchard, Inc. has announced that it is
recalling a supply of fresh-squeezed unpasteurized orange juice. Tests conducted on a
routine basis by the company indicated that three batches of fresh orange juice may be
contaminated with Salmonella.
The juice is packaged in clear
plastic gallon, half-gallon, quart, pint and 12-ounce containers. The product may be sold
under the brand names Sun Orchard, Sysco, Aloha or Zupan. The manufacturers code
dates on the products are 9306 with an "enjoy by" date of Nov. 18, 9307 with an
"enjoy by" date of Nov. 19, and 9309 with an "enjoy by" date of Nov.
Approximately 3,700 gallons of the juice were
distributed in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah and
Washington. The juice is distributed to foodservice customers and one retail store.
Tests had indicated that the contamination
occurred in a single tank used in the production of the affected batches of fresh orange
juice. Tests suggest that the contamination is isolated and not affecting other products
or other production areas
Consumption of foods contaminated with Salmonella
can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial food borne illnesses. Salmonella
infections can be life threatening especially for infants, the frail or elderly people and
persons with chronic disease, HIV infection or persons taking chemotherapy. The most
common manifestations of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within
eight to 72 hours. Additional symptoms may be chills, headache, nausea and vomiting that
can last up to seven days.
This is the second recall issued by Sun Orchard
for Salmonella contamination in unpasteurized juice products this year. To view the recall
issued in June of this year recall click here.
Sun Orchard has contacted all distributors of the
product and has instructed them to pull the product from their inventory and destroy it,
as well as contact their customers to do likewise. Individual consumers who may have
purchased the product through Zupan and may have any of these products in their homes
should destroy them or return them to the store where it was purchased.
"We are using sophisticated and very
sensitive testing to assure our customers of a safe, premium product. Although Sun Orchard
has received no reports of illness and all tests on other samples of fresh orange juice
and other products continue to produce negative results indicating the products are safe,
we are nevertheless recalling these batches as we feel it is important to do everything we
can to safeguard our customers safety. We are treating this incident with extreme
caution," said Marc Isaacs, president of Sun Orchard.
If there are any questions, please call Sun
Orchard at 1-800-505-8423.
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