July 12, 1999
FDA Expands Salmonella Warning for Sun Orchard
Non-Pasteurized Orange Juice to Include "Vareva" Brand Frozen Juice
Tempe, AZ (SafetyAlerts) - The Food and Drug
Administration has released additional warnings to consumers urging them to check there
freezers for Sun Orchard's Vareva brand frozen orange juice because the product has the
potential to be contaminated with Salmonella muenchen.
The unpasteurized juice was sold under the brand
name Vareva especially to restaurants, food services and other institution. Therefore the
agency recommends that consumers check their freezers for the recalled product and inquire
about the source of any unpasteurized orange juice they may be served at a restaurant or
other dining facility.
Although the company has already issued a warning
and undertaken a recall of the affected product, FDA is taking this action because of
continuing reports of illness related to this product. To date dozens of illnesses
have been reported throughout the United States and Canada.
Back in June, Sun Orchard initiated a recall of
their non-pasteurized orange juice due to reports of consumers becoming ill after drinking
the Juice. The recall included Sun Orchard, Earls and Joey Tomatoís, Viola, Trader
Joeís, Aloha, Zupan, Markon, and Sysco. brand names with an "enjoy by" date of
July 7, 1999 or earlier.
Salmonella muenchen is an organism which can cause
serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail, and elderly people, and
others with weakened immune systems. Salmonella muenchen is a bacterial disease with an
incubation period that is usually about one to three days. It can cause abdominal pain,
severe diarrhea, fever, nausea, and vomiting. Dehydration may be severe, especially among
infants or in the elderly, and fever is common. The condition often persists for several
An earlier press release issued by the company
stated, Marc Isaacs, president, Sun Orchard Inc. stated, "Sun Orchard strives to
produce the safest and highest quality products possible. We deeply regret any illnesses
that may have been caused by people drinking non-pasteurized orange juice from our
company. We will do everything we can to prevent any situations like this from recurring,
Sun Orchard has stopped production of
unpasteurized orange juice and is currently pasteurizing all of its juice products.
Consumers who may have any of these products in
their homes should destroy them or bring it back to the place where it was purchased.
Consumers who have purchased unpasteurized orange
juice labeled with any of the above listed trade names are urged to return them to the
place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at
206-780- 8042 or 212-213-7012.
Original Recall Release
Update to Include All Non-Pasteurized Juice