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Recall -- State Press Release

Consumer Alert: Undeclared Sulfites in Dried Polygonatum (Vegetable)

Jessica Chittenden

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Brooklyn, NY -- May 23, 2005 -- New York State Agriculture Commissioner Nathan L. Rudgers alerted consumers today of a finding of undeclared sulfites in “Dried Polygonatum (Vegetable)” sampled and analyzed by the Department of Agriculture.

The product was sold by the Ho Ho Market Inc., 5215 8 th Avenue, Brooklyn, New York. “Dried Polygonatum (Vegetable)” is packaged in a 12 ounce plastic bag with the statement: “Expiration: 24 Months”. It was sold in the Brooklyn area. The Department has determined that the retail store and distributor of the product are no longer in business.

Routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors and subsequent analysis of the product by Food Laboratory personnel revealed the product contained high levels of sulfites, which were not declared on the label.

Sulfites can cause deadly reactions in asthmatics and sulfite sensitive persons. No illnesses have been reported to the Department to date concerning this product.


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