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Royal Seafood Baza, Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in Smak Marinated Mushrooms

Contact:
Alik Niazov
718-318-1888

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Far Rockaway, NY -- February 2, 2005 -- ROYAL SEAFOOD BAZA, INC. is recalling SMAK MARINATED MUSHROOMS because it may contain undeclared sulfites. People who have severe sensitivity to sulfites run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product.

The recalled SMAK MARINATED MUSHROOMS, packed in glass jars with metal tops, 30.5 oz., and code date Best Before: 07.05.2005/T/4539/DDA/8503 and SMAK MARINATED MUSHROOMS, packed in glass jars with metal tops, 23.45 oz., and code date Best Before: 09.03.2005/RL/458/DDH/1203, were sold in Net Cost Markets in Brooklyn, NY and Philadelphia, PA.

The recall was initiated after routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors and subsequent analysis by food laboratory personnel revealed the presence of undeclared sulfites in SMAK MARINATED MUSHROOMS in glass jars 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 SMAK MARINATED MUSHROOMS should return it to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-718-318-1888.

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