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Andrew and Williamson Initiates Voluntary Product Recall

    BEAVERTON, Ore., April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Epitope, Inc. (Nasdaq: EPTO)
today announced that Andrew and Williamson Sales Co., its recently acquired
wholly owned subsidiary, has commenced a voluntary recall of thirteen lots of
frozen, sliced strawberries shipped to distributors for institutional use in
six states.  The berries have been associated with an occurrence of Hepatitis
A in several Michigan schools.  Hepatitis A is a flu-like, temporary illness.
The lots subject to the recall were shipped early in December 1996, shortly
before Epitope acquired A&W.  The berries were grown in Mexico and processed
in San Diego.
    "The health and well-being of the public is A&W's foremost concern.  While
it is not certain that the lots being recalled are contaminated, we want to
eliminate all possible risk to consumers.  Therefore, we have notified our
customers who received the shipments in question and requested that they
remove them from the market," said Adolph J. Ferro, president and chief
executive officer of Epitope.  "We are cooperating fully with both the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration,
who are assisting with the recall process."
    Hepatitis A is usually a mild and self-limiting illness.  Symptoms may
include malaise, nausea, fatigue, loss of appetite, low grade fever and
jaundice.  Some patients, particularly young children, experience no symptoms
at all.

Source: EPITOPE Inc.


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