updated 5/26/2004 3:32:41 PM ET 2004-05-26T19:32:41

Three Michigan nut packagers have issued recalls of natural raw whole brown almonds because of possible salmonella contamination.

The recalls were issued by Variety Foods Inc., Thrift Products Co. and Germack Pistachio Co. The companies repackage almonds grown in California for resale in Michigan and other states.

Variety Foods' recall affects products with the Pic-A-Nut and Sunray Food brand names, including: Natural Raw Whole Brown Almonds, Cashew-Almond-Raisin Mix, Energy Mix, Fruity Nut Mix, Nutty Mix and Fitness Mix. The products have "best before" dates of Aug. 4, 2004 through May 31, 2005. The products are distributed in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio.

Thrift Products' recall affects Raw Whole Almonds and Almond Bits diced almonds packaged as Thrifty Nuts. The packages have a "best if used by" date of March, 2005 and have the UPC codes 79348-11960 and 79348-11955, respectively. Thrift Products distributes nuts in Michigan and northern Indiana.

Germack Pistachio's recall affects one-pound bags of almonds with the Germack Pistachio label and UPC codes of 040806, 040807, 040819, 040824, 050105, 050421 and 050422. That recall affects Michigan, Ohio, Illinois Connecticut and Florida.

The companies bought the almonds from Paramount Farms Inc. of California. The FDA has expanded a recall of Paramount's raw almonds to 13 million pounds because of the possibility of salmonella.

The Paramount recall began earlier this month after the FDA received reports that people in Alaska, Arizona, Oregon, Washington and Utah had become ill with salmonella enteritidis, a type of food poisoning.

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On the Net:

FDA: http://www.fda.gov

Paramount Farms: http://www.paramountfarms.com

Germack Pistachio Co.: http://www.germack.com

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