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Raja Foods Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Sulfites In "Swad Dry Dates"

Contact:
Sam Patel
800-800-7923

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Skokie, IL -- February 1, 2006 --Raja Foods LLC of Skokie, Il is recalling its 7 ounce and 14 ounce packages of "Swad Dry Dates" because they may contain undeclared sulfites. People who have allergies to sulfites run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The recalled "Swad Dry Dates" were distributed nationwide in retail stores.

The product comes in a 7 ounce, and 14 ounce clear plastic package marked "SWAD DRY DATES" on the front of the bag.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the sulfites containing product was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of sulfites. 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.

Re-labeling of the product to indicate the presence of sulfites has commenced.

Consumers who have purchased 7 ounce and 14 ounce packages of "Swad Dry Dates" are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-800-7923.

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State Press Release (Jan. 27, 2006)

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