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Recall -- State Press Release


Consumer Alert: Undeclared Sulfites in Tianma Sweet Potato 


Jessica Chittenden


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Brooklyn, NY -- February 27, 2004 -- New York State Agriculture Commissioner Nathan L. Rudgers today warned sulfite-allergic consumers and asthmatics to avoid consuming "Tianma Sweet Potato" due to the presence of undeclared sulfites in the product.

The product is being recalled by CKM Trading NY, Inc., 1987 Stillwell Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11223. "Tianma Sweet Potato" is packaged in a 500-gram poly bag with the code "EXP2004.11.07." "Tianma Sweet Potato" is a product of China. The product was distributed in the New York City metropolitan area.

Routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets food inspectors revealed the product contained high levels of sulfites, which were not declared on the label.

Sulfites can cause deadly reactions in asthmatics and others suffering sulfite allergies. No illnesses have been reported to date.

Consumers who have purchased "Tianma Sweet Potato" should return it to the place of purchase.




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