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Atlantic International Products, Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in Casale Sun-Dried Tomatoes Tomatoes, Regular Halves

Contact:
Ronald Vincent
315- 738-4370

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Utica, NY -- April 18, 2005 -- Atlantic International Products, Inc. is recalling Casale Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Regular Halves, 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 Casale Sun Dried Tomatoes Regular Halves, are packed in five-pound bags and coded (crop 2004). They are a product of Turkey and were distributed in the following states: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, and Colorado.

The recall was initiated after routine sampling by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Market Food Inspectors, subsequent analysis of the product by Food Laboratory personnel revealed the presence of undeclared sulfites in Casale Sun-Dried Tomatoes in packages, which did not declare sulfites on the label. The consumption of ten 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 sulfites.

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

Consumers who have purchased Casale Sun-Dried Tomatoes should return it to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (315) 738-4370.

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