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Advance Import Inc Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in Dried Sweet Potato

Roger Yip

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Brooklyn, NY -- June 16, 2006 -- Advance Import Inc of Brooklyn, New York is recalling 6 oz. plastic packages of "Dried Sweet Potato" because they contain undeclared sulfites. People who have a severe sensitivity to sulfites run the risk of serious or life-threatening reactions if they consume these products.

The "Dried Sweet Potato" was distributed, in the New York City area through retail stores. The product comes in an uncoded, 6 oz, clear plastic bag.

The recall was initiated after routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors and subsequent analysis by Food Laboratory personnel revealed the presence of sulfites in the 6 ounce packages of "Dried Sweet Potato" 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. Analysis of the "Dried Sweet Potato" revealed they contained 19 milligrams per serving.

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

Consumers who have purchased 6 ounce packages of "Dried Sweet Potato" are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-718-389-2800.


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