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Recall -- State Press Release

Consumer Alert: Undeclared Sulfites in Preserved Fruit (Apricot)

Contact:
Jessica Chittenden
518-457-3136

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Edison, NJ -- May 10, 2005 -- State Agriculture Commissioner Nathan L. Rudgers alerted consumers today that Sino Bestfood, Inc., 7 Koster Blvd., Suite 3B, Edison, New Jersey 08837 is recalling 9.88 oz. packages of preserved fruit (apricot) because they may contain undeclared sulfites. People who have severe sensitivity to sulfites may run the risk of serious or life-threatening reactions if they consume this product.

The recalled preserved fruit (apricot), a product of China, comes in a 9.88 oz. plastic tray package coded 20-12-2005. It was sold in metropolitan New Jersey and New York.

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 sulfites in product 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 to this Department in connection with the problem.

Consumers who have purchased preserved fruit (apricot) should return it to the place of purchase.

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