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Lion Pavilion LTD Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Sulfites

Contact:
James Zhang
(718) 384-6951

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Brooklyn, NY -- May 5, 2005 ---Lion Pavilion, LTD., 518 Gardner Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222 is recalling ZhenQiWei Dried Apricots because it may contain undeclared sulfites. People who have severe sensitivity to sulfites run the risk of serious of life-threatening allergic reactions if they consumer this product.

The recalled ZhenQiWei Dried Apricots, a product of China, packed in uncoded 150g plastic bags, were sold in New York State.

The recall was initiated after routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors and subsequent analysis of the product by The Department's Food Laboratory personnel revealed the presence of sulfites in ZhenQiWei 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 ZhenQiWei Dried Apricots should return it to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (718) 384-6951.

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