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Atlantic International Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in Casale Sun-Dried Tomatoes 2003 Crop

Contact:
Ronald Vincent
315-738-4370

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Utica, NY -- August 17, 2005 -- Atlantic International is recalling Casale Sun-Dried Tomatoes 2003 crop; are packed in five-pound bags, and labeled "Product of Turkey." The product was sold to customers in the following states: New Jersey, New York, California, Maryland, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Louisiana and Florida.

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Market Food Inspectors and subsequent analysis of the product by Food Laboratory personnel revealed the presence of undeclared sulfites in Casale Sun-Dried Tomatoes in packages, which did not declare sulfites on the label, initiated the recall after routine sampling. The consumption of ten milligrams of sulfites per serving have 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 Casale Sun-Dried Tomatoes should return it to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-724-4837.

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