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November 15, 1999

Sun Orchard, Sysco, Aloha and Zupan Brand Orange Juice Recalled

FDA Issues Nationwide Warning - New Distribution and Codes Added

Recall 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 manufacturer’s 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. 21.

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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