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Cleugh's Frozen Foods Inc. Recalls Frozen Strawberries Sold to Jamba Juice

December 04,2006
Cleugh's Frozen Foods Inc. Recalls Frozen Strawberries Sold to Jamba Juice

SALINAS, Calif., Dec 04, 2006 -- Cleugh's Frozen Foods Inc., Salinas, CA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SunOpta Inc. (NASDAQ:STKL) (TSX:SOY), today announced a voluntary recall of frozen strawberries sold exclusively to Jamba Juice for use in strawberry smoothies sold in stores in Arizona, Nevada and Southern California between the period November 25, 2006 and December 1, 2006 because of a concern that they may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The strawberry contamination was identified by Cleugh's who then notified Jamba Juice. The recalled products have been removed from the Jamba Juice stores in the affected areas and are no longer being used to make smoothies. None of the potentially affected individually quick frozen strawberries were sold to any other customers or directly to retailers.

To date no suspected illnesses have been reported.

SunOpta and Jamba Juice have notified federal and state authorities of the problem and are cooperating in the investigation.

About SunOpta Inc.

SunOpta Inc. is an operator of high-growth ethical businesses, focusing on integrated business models in the natural and organic food markets. The Company has three business units: the SunOpta Food Group, which specializes in sourcing, processing and distribution of natural and organic food products integrated from seed through packaged products; the Opta Minerals Group, a producer, distributor, and recycler of environmentally friendly industrial materials; and the SunOpta BioProcess Group which engineers and markets proprietary steam explosion technology systems for the pulp, bio-fuel and food processing industries. Each of these business units has proprietary products and services that give it a solid competitive advantage in its sector.

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SOURCE: SunOpta Inc.

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