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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Top Line Specialty Produce of Los Angeles Ca, Recalls "Green Paradise" Basil

Top Line Specialty Produce Recalls "Green Paradise" Basil Because of Possible Health Risk

Contact:
Alberto Martinez
(213) 747-9200

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- December 19, 2007 -- Top Line Specialty Produce of Los Angeles Ca, is voluntary recalling its 12 x 1 pound boxes of "Green Paradise label" Fresh Italian basil, 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 persons infected with this organism often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with "Salmonella" can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), Endocarditis and arthritis.

The recalled "Green Paradise Basil" was distributed to Food Service Distributors through direct shipping on 12/06/2007 in Southern California, Illinois and Texas.

The product comes in a 12 x 1 lb box marked with lot # 1219 on the side of the box.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing revealing evidence of Salmonella in some 1lb units of the basil. Imports of this label ("Green Paradise") have been suspended while FDA and the company continue their investigation as to the source of the problem.

Consumers who have purchased the affected boxes of "Green Paradise Italian Basil" are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-213-747-9200.

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