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Recall -- State Press Release

Undeclared Sulfites in Swad Brand Dry Dates

Contact:
Jessica A. Chittenden
518-457-3136

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Maspeth, NY -- January 27, 2006 -- Acting Agriculture Commissioner Patrick H. Brennan today alerted consumers that Rajah Foods, 56-05 55th Drive, Maspeth, New York is recalling "Swad brand Dry Dates" due to the presence of undeclared sulfites. People who have severe sensitivity to sulfites may run the risk of serious or life-threatening reactions if they consume this product.

The recalled "Swad brand Dry Dates" are packaged in a 7-ounce, uncoded plastic bag. It was sold throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. It is a product of India.

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 "Swad brand Dry Dates" should return them to the place of purchase.

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