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Tristar Food Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in Dried Sliced Lotus Root

Contact:
Ms. Fanny
201-938-2590

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Jersey City, NJ -- April 19, 2005 -- Tristar Food Wholesale, 115 Amity Street, Jersey City, NJ 07304 is recalling Dried Sliced Lotus Root 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 Dried Sliced Lotus Root, a product of China, is distributed in uncoded 7 oz. plastic bags. The Dried Sliced Lotus Root was sold in New York City.

The recall was initiated after routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors and subsequent analysis by the Department's food laboratory personnel revealed the presence of undeclared sulfites in Dried Sliced Lotus Root 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 Sliced Lotus Root should return it to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 201-938-2590.

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