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Allergen Alert: Pounded Yam Flour
 

 

Contact:
Christine Baglivio
607-589-4415, ext. 302

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Spencer, NY -- March 26, 2004 -- The Raymond-Hadley Corp., 89 Tompkins Street, Spencer, NY 14883 is recalling 2 lb., 4 lb., 5 lb., 10 lb., and 20 lb. packages of Pride of Africa, Tropical Foods and Loty brand Pounded Yam Flour due to the presence of undeclared sulfites. Individuals who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to sulfites, run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

Pride of Africa, Tropical Foods and Loty brand Pounded Yam Flour was distributed in AZ, CA, CT, DC, FL, GA, MA MD, MN, NC, NJ NY, KS, PA, VA and Canada. The products are packaged in uncoded plastic and paper bags.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered through routine sampling by NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets food inspectors that the product contained sulfites that were not indicated on the packaging label. The consumption of 10 milligrams of sulfites per serving has been reported to elicit severe reactions in some asthmatics. Anaphylactic shock can occur in certain sulfite-sensitive individuals upon ingesting 10 milligrams or more of sulfites. Analysis of Pride of Africa brand Pounded Yam Flour revealed that it contained 15.6 mgs. per serving.

No illnesses have been reported to date, in connection with this problem.

Consumers who have 2 lb., 4 lb., 5 lb., 10 lb., and 20 lb. packages of Pride of Africa, Tropical Foods and Loty brand Pounded Yam Flour can return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 607-589-4415, ext. 302.

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