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Recall -- State Press Release

 

Consumer Alert: Undeclared Sulfites in "Shad Raisins"

 

Contact:
Jessica Chittenden
518-457-3136

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- October 6, 2008 -- New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker today alerted consumers that Fatima Brothers Inc. of 54-08 43rd St Maspeth, New York 11378 is recalling "Shad Raisins" 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 "Shad Raisins" were packaged in uncoded, 7-ounce plastic bags. "Shad Raisins" were distributed in New York City.

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 product. Consumers who have purchased "Shad Raisins" should return them to the place of purchase.

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