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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Vita Food Products Issues Alert Regarding Vita Nova Salmon

Vita Food Products Issues Alert Regarding Vita Nova Salmon
Code Date of 11/16/08 198, Purchased on July 22 or After

Paul Chapman
Telephone: 1-630-253-1906; e-mail:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Chicago, Illinois -- July 25, 2008 -- Vita Food Products, Inc. of Chicago, Illinois is notifying the public that twelve individual packages of Vita Nova Salmon, were sold at Kroger stores in Houston, Texas on or after July 22 of this year may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. In addition, 192 individual packages of this same product have either possibly been sold or are being offered for sale at various grocery stores in the Avenol, New Jersey metropolitan area. To date, no confirmed illnesses or complaints have been reported by customers , although the Company is closely monitoring the situation.

The product that is the subject of this public announcement and recall are packages (deep dark blue in color) of smoked salmon that bear the Vita logo in the upper left corner on the part of the packaging that is immediately visible to the consumer. Each package contains 4-10 bacon-style slices (total 3 oz.) of smoked salmon; the slices are contained in a vacuum pack within a box that is 4" wide by 7.5 " in length by 1/2 " in thickness. IMPORTANT: The Code Date of 11/16/08 198 is on the left end flap of each package. This announcement and recall only applies to packages that bear that CODE DATE.

Listeria monocytogenes is 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, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

If any consumer purchased a product with that CODE DATE from a retail store on or after July 22, 2008 he or she should not consume any of the Vita Nova Salmon product. Then, the Company asks that it be sealed in plastic bag or placed in some similar container and returned to the retailer from which it was purchased. The Company is asking that any person who has purchased the product with this CODE DATE call this telephone number 1-800-989-8482 . If you are experiencing any unusual or severe symptoms such as those described above, go to an emergency room immediately or contact your physician for immediate advice.