Atkins(TM) Nutritionals Participates in Voluntary Peanut Recall



    DENVER, Jan. 31 /CNW/ -- Atkins Nutritionals, Inc. (Atkins) announces
that it will voluntarily recall from distribution in Canada two Atkins
nutrition bars that contain granulated peanuts sourced from the Blakely,
Georgia processing facility of Peanut Corporation of America (PCA).  In recent
weeks an outbreak of Salmonella related complaints and illnesses in the USA
have been linked to peanut butter and peanut paste processed by PCA at its
Georgia facility.  In response to an investigation by the US Food and Drug
Administration (FDA), PCA announced a voluntary recall of all peanut butter
and peanut paste processed at its Georgia facility.  No Atkins products
distributed in Canada contain peanut butter or peanut paste processed by PCA
and were not affected by the recall.  However, on January 28, 2009, PCA
unexpectedly expanded its voluntary recall to include all peanuts and peanut
products processed at its Georgia facility.  Although Atkins products contain
no peanut butter or peanut paste sourced from PCA, two Atkins products
distributed in Canada do contain granulated peanuts, or peanut pieces, sourced
from PCA's Georgia facility.  As a result of PCA's expanded recall, Atkins has
determined to voluntarily recall these two Atkins products out of an abundance
of caution because they contain granulated peanuts recalled by PCA.  While
Atkins has determined to cooperate with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency,
and voluntarily recall these two products, the recall is purely a
precautionary measure, out of concern for our consumers and retail customers. 
Atkins is confident that these two products and all Atkins products
distributed in Canada are safe.  Atkins requires extensive laboratory testing
of all ingredients used in every Atkins product, and our finished products are
also rigorously tested.  As a result of Atkins' food safety protocols, and the
extensive laboratory testing on all Atkins products, no Salmonella
contamination has been found in any of the Atkins products subject to this
recall, but the Company is taking this step to assure our consumers that food
safety is our highest priority.
    

    Only the following products are subject to this voluntary recall:
    

    
                Advantage Chocolate Peanut Butter
                Advantage Peanut Fudge Granola

    
    For Advantage Chocolate Peanut Butter bars, only products manufactured
after April 2008 are subject to the recall and detailed information pertaining
to affected lot numbers is available at www.atkins.com.
    

    
    No other Atkins products are affected by this recall.  Atkins apologizes
to consumers and retail customers for the inconvenience resulting from this
recall. If consumers find that they have any of these products in their
possession, they are asked not to consume the products.  Consumers seeking a
replacement or refund for recalled products should call Atkins' Consumer
Hotline number, 1-800-628-5467.  Atkins intends to update this notice as the
situation develops.
    

    
    People infected with Salmonella can have some or all of nausea, vomiting,
diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.  Rarely, Salmonella
can result in more serious disease, including headache, joint pain, muscle
pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.  Consumers exhibiting these
signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare
providers.
    

    About Atkins Nutritionals, Inc.
    
    Atkins(TM) Nutritionals Inc., a leading player in the $2.4 billion dollar
weight control nutrition category, offers a powerful lifetime approach to
weight loss and weight management.  The Atkins Nutritional Approach focuses on
a healthy diet with reduced levels of refined carbohydrates and refined sugars
and encourages the consumption of lean protein, fiber, fruits, vegetables and
good fats.  Backed by research and consumer success stories, this approach
allows the body to burn more fat and work more efficiently while helping
individuals feel less hungry, more satisfied and more energetic.
    

    
    Atkins(TM) Nutritionals Inc. manufactures and sells a variety of
nutrition bars and shakes designed around the nutrition principles of the
Atkins Diet.  The Atkins line of products appeal to a broad audience of both
men and women who want to achieve their weight management goals and enjoy a
healthier lifestyle.  Atkins products are available in more than 30,000
locations throughout the U.S. and internationally.  For more information,
please visit www.atkins.com.
    

    

    
    CONTACT:  Atalanta Rafferty
    RF|Binder for Atkins
    (212) 994-7511
    Atalanta.Rafferty@rfbinder.com


    




For further information:

For further information: Atalanta Rafferty of RF|Binder for Atkins,
+1-212-994-7511, or Atalanta.Rafferty@rfbinder.com Web Site:
http://www.atkins.com

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