November 16, 1999FDA Issues Nationawide
Warning on Sun Orchard Unpasteurized Orange Juice
Washinton, DC (SafetyAlerts) - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
today issued a nationwide warning to consumers against drinking unpasteurized orange juice
under a variety of brand names manufactured by Sun Orchard, Inc. of Tempe, Arizona because
they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause
serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and
others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term
symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and
diarrhea. Long term complications can include severe arthritis.
Although the company has already issued a warning
and undertaken a recall of some of the affected product, FDA is taking action because more
lots of contaminated product are being reported by the firm.
The recalled unpasteurized orange juice was
distributed to restaurants and other food service establishments in California,
Washington, Oregon, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, Arizona. According to the
report from the FDA the product was also distributed to British Colombia, Canada and to
one retail store, Zupan Grocery, in Portland, Oregon.
The product is sold in clear gallon, quart, pint
and 1/2 pint plastic containers marked with the following:
9306 "Enjoy by" 11/18/99
9307 "Enjoy by" 11/19/99
9309 "Enjoy by" 11/21/99
9309 "Enjoy by" 11/22/99
9309 "Enjoy by" 11/23/99.
The following labels are involved: Sun Orchard,
Sysco, Aloha, and Zupan. Unlabeled 1/2 pint containers were sold to Epicurean Provisions,
Tempe, Arizona for the Enchantment Resort. Consumers should inquire about the source of
any unpasteurized orange juice they may be served at a restaurant or other dining
To date no illnesses have been reported in
connection with this problem.
The potential for contamination was noted after
routine testing by the company revealed the presence of Salmonella in a holding tank that
had been used to process the orange juice. The FDA has not identified the source of the
Production of the unpasteurized product has been
suspended. FDA and the company continue their investigation as to the source of the
problem. To date, no definitive conclusions have been reached about the possible source of
Consumers who have purchased unpasteurized orange
juice with the Zupan label are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full
refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-505-8423.
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