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Cereal, Granola Bars Latest Caught in Almond Recall

Cereal, Granola Bars Latest Caught in Almond Recall

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Numerous store brands of granola bars and muesli cereals made by a Minnesota company are being recalled because they may contain salmonella-contaminated raw almonds.

It is the latest in a series of recalls since mid-May involving millions of raw almonds grown by Paramount Farms of California. The nuts may harbor salmonella, a food-poisoning germ that can cause serious, sometimes fatal, infections in young children, the elderly and people with weak immune systems.

The Grist Mill Company of Lakeville, Minn., is recalling batches of its Fruit & Trail Mix Granola Bars and Muesli Cereals -- sold under a variety of store-brand names around the country -- that may contain the affected raw almonds.

The recalled granola bars come in 7.4-ounce boxes with expiration dates between June 6, 2004, and Jan. 20, 2005.

They were sold under the following stores' brand names: Acme, Albertson's, BiLo, Food Club, Food Lion, Fred Meyer, Giant, Giant Eagle, Great Value, Hill Country Fare, Hyvee, Jewel, Kroger, Laura Lynn, Meijer, Millville, Our Family, Price Chopper, Ralph's, Roundy, Stater Brothers, Stop & Shop, Sunny Select, Tops, Weis and Winn Dixie.

The recalled muesli cereals come in a 15.3-ounce box with expiration dates between Sept. 10, 2004, and Dec. 10, 2004.

They were sold under the following stores' brand names: Acme, Albertson's, Archer Farm, Best Choice, Central Market, Flavorite, Fred Meyer, Harris Teeter, Hyvee, Jewel, Kroger, Ralph's, Safeway Select Healthy Advantage, Shaw's and Shop & Save.

Grist Mill said random testing of the almonds it used did not reveal salmonella, but issued the recall as a precaution. People are urged not to eat the recalled products and return them to the place of purchase for a refund, or call Grist Mill at 1-800-233-7022.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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