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Blooming Import Inc. Issues Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in Dried Potatoe

Contact:
Moon Kee Lee
718-625-6868

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Brooklyn, NY -- June 23, 2004 -- Blooming Import Inc., 45 Bowne Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231, is recalling DRIED POTATOE because it contains undeclared sulfites. People who have severe sensitivity to sulfites run the risk of serious or life-threatening reactions if they consume this product.

The recalled DRIED POTATOE, Product of China, was distributed in uncoded 12 oz (340g) clear plastic bags nationwide.

The recall was initiated after routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors revealed the presence of undeclared sulfites in DRIED POTATOE in packages which did not declare sulfites on the label. The consumption of 10 milligrams of sulfites per serving has been reported to elicit severe reactions in some asthmatics. Anaphylactic shock could occur in certain sulfite sensitive individuals upon ingesting 10 milligrams or more of sulfites.

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

Consumers who have purchased DRIED POTATOE should return it to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-680-3838.

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