&10 SATURDAY, JUNE 6, 1998 NATION THE SALINA JOURNAL ^SALMONELLA tereal recall over salmonella expands across nation Salina stores pull Malt-O-Meal toasted oats because of outbreak in 11 states From Staff and Wire Reports CHICAGO — A food company Friday began recalling millions of pounds of cereal sold nationwide under 39 brand names because of a possible link to a salmonella outbreak in 11 states. Minneapolis-based Malt-O-Meal Inc. said the recall involves 2 million to 3 million pounds of plain toasted oat cereals sold at grocery stores including Jewel, Lucky, Safeway, A&P, Cub, Eagle and IGA. Other Malt-O-Meal products, including flavored toasted oat products, are not involved in the recall. The recalled cereal was distributed in all 50 states, Malt-O-Meal offi- cials said in Minneapolis. They did not say how many stores are involved. The recall comes a day after the company's Millville-brand toasted oat cereal, sold only at 505 Aldi supermarkets, was identified as the likely source of an unusual type of salmonella that has stricken almost 200 people since early April. Salina stores pull products Aldi has a store in Salina that is involved in the recall. A spokesman for Chicago firm that handles the grocery's marketing said the Millville brand has been pulled from local shelves. "We withdrew it from Salina and from 500 stores across the country," Sharon Lanyon said. The product, a Cheerios-like puffed oat cereal, won't be stocked again until the store has been notified it is safe to eat, Lanyon said. Other private labels mentioned in the recall included the Kroger and Food Club brand. Kroger is the parent company of Dillon Grocery Stores, four of which are in Salina. Dillon spokesman Dennis Gaschler said that although the company didn't stock any product that was among the lot that was the source of the illness, it decided to yank it as a precaution. "We are removing the Food Club and Malt-O-Meal brand toasted oat cereal today," Gascher said. Local stores don't carry the Kroger brand. Food-4-Less president W. Kent Laughman said the company doesn't sell any private-label Malt-O-Meal cereal. None of the product on its shelves is included in the recall, he said. Gibson's grocery carries Malt-O- Meal plain toasted oat cereal but is out of stock. 40 hospitalized with illness The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday said 40 people had been hospitalized, and it advised consumers not to eat the Millville brand Toasted Oats cereal until the agency's investigation is complete. - ..No deaths have been reported. The recall includes the manufacturer's brand names of Toasty-O's, and Toasted Oats. All the affected products are packaged in bags and boxes and should be returned to the store where purchased, Malt-O-Meal; said. '. Malt-O-Meal stressed that its recall is voluntary and precautionary ,be-cause the cereals "have the potential;' to be contaminated." Dr. John Lumpkin, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, acknowledged Thursday that cereal is an unusual source of salmonella. "We do not know at this point how the bacteria got in it," he said. FREEMEN in standoff Marion man sentenced o 71 months in prison or being an accessory )y The Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. — Four defi- i Montana Freemen were rolled nto federal court in wheelchairs '"riday to be sentenced to prison, >ut a fifth was set free after 21 ijnonths in jail. i U.S. District Judge John (boughenour refused prosecutors' equests to impose longer terms tian provided in federal guide- ines for Steven C. Hance, 48; his ons, James E. Hance, 25, and ohn R. Hance, 21, all of Charlotte, I.C.; Jon Barry Nelson, 42, Marin, Kan.; and Elwin Ward, 57, ] Murray, Utah. But he also denied defense lawyers' requests for horter terms. ! The five were convicted in April for their parts in the anti-government extremists' 81-day armed Standoff with the FBI in 1996 at their remote farm stronghold in eastern Montana. The trial of most of the Freemen ringleaders is under way in a separate proceeding before Coughenour. Nelson and the Hances were (onvicted of being accessories af- (jer the fact to the armed holdup of in NBC television news crew that iried to film a story on the freemen at their compound in astern Montana in 1996. Nelson, who ran a roadblock to ;et into the Freeman compound fter the standoff began, drew 71 months. The Hances also were convicted f being fugitives in possession of firearms. Ward was convicted of submit- ing a false claim to the Internal levenue Service, using one of the i'reemen's bogus checks. 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