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Setton International Foods, Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in Mariani Brand Fancy Golden Raisins

Contact:
Setton International Foods
1-800-CASHEWS (1-800-227-4397)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Commack, NY -- June 20, 2005 -- Setton International Foods, Inc., 85 Austin Blvd., Commack, NY 11725 is recalling Mariani Brand fancy golden raisins 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 Mariani Brand fancy golden raisins are packed in 30-pound cardboard boxes, coded 5103D. The product was sold in the Long Island New York Metropolitan area.

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 Food Laboratory personnel revealed the presence of sulfites in packages of Mariani Brand fancy golden raisins 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 Mariani Brand fancy golden raisins should return it to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-CASHEWS (1-800-227-4397).

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