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Deal Rescinded After Hepatitis Outbreak

May 07, 1997|(Martha Groves)

Epitope Inc. said it agreed with the former owners of Andrew & Williamson Sales Co. to rescind Epitope's December 1996 acquisition of the San Diego fruit processor. A&W's former owners will return all 520,000 shares of Epitope common stock in exchange for the A&W common stock Epitope received in the transaction. Two of the former owners will operate A&W's business. Also, Beaverton, Ore.-based Epitope, A&W and the former A&W owners will release one another from liabilities arising from events that predated the undoing of the deal. Included would be problems arising from A&W's handling of Mexican strawberries, fraudulently sold as U.S.-grown to the federal school lunch program. The berries, sliced and frozen at A&W, have been linked to a recent outbreak of hepatitis A. "Recent events have convinced us that A&W is no longer a suitable distribution arm for the fruit and vegetable products we are developing," said Epitope Chief Executive Adolph J. Ferro.

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