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Epitope Announces Further Developments with Regard to Hepatitis A Outbreak

    BEAVERTON, Ore., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Epitope, Inc. (Nasdaq: EPTO)
today announced further developments regarding a recall of strawberries by its
subsidiary, Andrew and Williamson Sales Co., following a Hepatitis A outbreak
in Michigan.  The company has learned that A&W inaccurately described some of
the strawberries associated with the outbreak as having been grown and
processed in the U.S. as required by the U.S. Department of Agriculture School
Lunch Program.  In fact, the berries were grown in Mexico and processed in the
U.S.  This inaccurate description occurred prior to the acquisition of A&W by
Epitope.
    "We have notified the USDA of our concern with regard to this matter and
have today accepted the resignation of Fred L. Williamson, the president and
chief executive officer of A&W," said Adolph J. Ferro, president and chief
executive officer of Epitope.  "As the health and well-being of the public
remains our foremost concern, we will continue to work with appropriate
governmental agencies."
    Hepatitis A is usually a mild and self-limiting illness.  Symptoms may
include malaise, nausea, fatigue, loss of appetite, low grade fever and
jaundice.  Many people infected with Hepatitis A may have no symptoms or may
have mild symptoms without jaundice.

Source: EPITOPE Inc.


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