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Kadouri International Foods, Inc. Issues an Allergy Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in Snacksoft Whole Pitted Dried Apricots

Ayal Kadouri
(718) 381-6100

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Brooklyn, NY -- December 15, 2004 -- Kadouri International Foods, Inc., 234 Starr Street, Brooklyn, NY 11237 is recalling SNACKSOFT WHOLE PITTED DRIED APRICOTS because it contains undeclared sulfites. People who have a severe sensitivity to sulfites run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product.

The recalled product, SNACKSOFT WHOLE PITTED DRIED APRICOTS, is packaged in a 12 oz. styrofoam tray with a code of Best Before 31.12.2005. The product was sold to stores in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

The recall was initiated after routine sampling by New York State Dept. of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors and subsequent analysis of the product by Food Laboratory Personnel revealed the presence of undeclared sulfites in SNACKSOFT WHOLE PITTED DRIED APRICOTS 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 SNACKSOFT WHOLE PITTED DRIED APRICOTS should return it to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (716) 381-6100.


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