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Recall -- State Press Release

Consumer Alert: Undeclared Sulfites in Dried Potato

Contact:
Jessica Chittenden
518-457-3136

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- November 15, 2005 -- New York State Agriculture Commissioner Nathan L. Rudgers today alerted consumers that Korica International, 98 Bay 35th St., Brooklyn, New York is recalling "Dried Potato" due to the presence of undeclared sulfites. People who have severe sensitivity to sulfites may run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product.

The recalled "Dried Potato" is packaged in a 7 ounce plastic bag. It was sold throughout Massachusetts and New York State.

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.

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 to this Department in connection with this problem.

Consumers who have purchased Dried Potatoes should return them to the place of purchase.

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