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Coronet Foods Responds to Pennsylvania Department of Health Reports of Salmonella Cases


July 15, 2004

Coronet Foods is aware that the Pennsylvania Health Department has linked Sheetz to a salmonella outbreak in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Maryland. As a produce supplier for Sheetz, Coronet Foods is concerned for the health and safety of consumers. We understand that the Health Department has identified javiana as the salmonella strain, and has narrowed its investigation to Roma tomatoes, though Coronet Foods has not been officially notified.

As a precautionary measure, Coronet Foods immediately and voluntarily has taken the following actions:

- Ceased the purchasing and processing of Roma tomatoes pending our own internal investigation as well as that of state and federal regulatory agencies;

- Moved offsite and quarantined any remaining inventory of Roma tomatoes;

- Completely resanitized the tomato processing line;

- Notified the growers and suppliers of the Roma tomatoes.

Sliced Roma tomatoes represent only one percent of our entire line, and ninety-nine percent of that one percent is distributed to Sheetz. Tomato processing is a totally separate operation within the facilities at Coronet Foods -- from the loading docks through the washing, processing, packaging and shipping.

Headquartered in Wheeling, West Virginia, Coronet is one of the largest processors of fresh-cut products to some of the leading restaurant and food retailers. Its plants have received some of the highest industry quality ratings possible. Founded in 1965, Coronet has a complete Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point program (HACCP) in place to identify, monitor, and remedy all potential hazards and health violations.

SOURCE Coronet Foods

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