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Recall -- Firm Press Release

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Peekay International Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in Raisins

Mr. Mehta

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Maspeth, NY -- July 6, 2005 -- Peekay International Inc. of Maspeth, New York is recalling raisins because they 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 raisins were packed in 7 oz., uncoded plastic bags and distributed in New York City through retail stores.

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 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 raisins should return it to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 718-326-2045.


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