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Aurora Products, Inc Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in Little Michael Dried Apricots

Contact:
Matthew Blackwell
(203) 375-9956

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Stratford, CT -- October 7, 2005 -- Aurora Products, Inc, 400 Long Beach Blvd, Stratford, CT 06615, is recalling Little Michael Dried Apricots 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 dried apricots, packaged in 11 OZ. CLEAR PLASTIC CONTAINERS with CODE DATE 082905, were sold to LITTLE M CORP. located at  118 LEXINGTON AVE, NEW YORK, NY 10016. They were sold under the Little Michael logo.

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 LITTLE MICHAEL DRIED APRICOTS 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 LITTLE MICHAEL DRIED APRICOTS should return it to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 800-898-1048.

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