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Pistachios under investigation for salmonella

BY Alaric DeArment

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa Months after a nationwide salmonella scare forced Peanut Corporation of America out of business, another scare has emerged but this time, pistachios are the problem.

Hy-Vee announced last week that it would voluntarily recall 16 oz. packages and 1.5 oz. tubes of store-brand pistachios. The recall is related to a nationwide recall of pistachios by Terra Bella, Calif.-based Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, which began late last month amid concerns over possible salmonella contamination.

The Hy-Vee pistachios are sold in stores in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Minnesota, though there have been no cases of illness.

A number of other chains, including Stop & Shop and online grocer Freshdirect, have announced recalls as well.

On March 30, Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella announced a recall of pistachios distributed in tote bags of 2,000 lbs., 1,800 lbs., 1,700 lbs. and 1,000 lbs. to North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky.

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Jones Soda’s Van Stolk resigns from board of directors

BY Allison Cerra

LONDON Jones Soda Co.’s founder has stepped down from the board of directors, according to reports.

In a filing disclosed to the Securities and Exchange Commission, Peter van Stolk, has resigned because of concern about the direction of the company. Van Stolk agreed to reduce his severance payments under the Separation Agreement by approximately $100,000 to an aggregate of approximately $350,000, and he won’t be bound by noncompetition and nondisparagement obligations.

Last month, the company announced that Joth Ricci would become its new CEO. Van Stolk had left as chief executive last year.

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US Farms launches new Web site, product

BY Allison Cerra

SAN DIEGO US Farms, a developer and distributor of horticultural and wellness-based products, announced Friday the launch of its new Web site, www.usfarmsaloeverajuice.com, which will operate as a division of the company.

The company will begin selling its newest product, US Farms Aloe Vera Juice. It retails for $14.95 per bottle or wholesales for $89.95 per case (12 bottles). US Farms Aloe Vera Juice can be ordered online with Visa, Master Card, Discover, or American Express.

US Farms Aloe Vera Juice is an exclusive proprietary formulation which includes: Aloe Vera Juice (Barbadensis Miller), White Grape, Cranberry, Concord Grape and Black Cherry juice concentrate which are potent anti-oxidants and phyto-nutrients.

Customers interested in sampling the new Aloe Vera Juice can visit the company’s Web site: www.usfarmsaloeverajuice.com/sample. The sample will be offered for a limited time in a 32-ounce bottle.

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