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Undeclared Sulfites in Maya Overseas Foods Golden Raisin


Jessica Chittenden

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 13, 2009 - New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker today alerted consumers that Maya Overseas Foods, Inc., located at 48-85 Maspeth Avenue, Maspeth, New York is recalling "Maya Overseas Foods Golden Raisin" 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 "Maya Overseas Foods Golden Raisin" is packaged in an uncoded, one pound, plastic bag and were distributed in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Connecticut. 

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 "Maya Overseas Foods Golden Raisin" should contact Maya Overseas Foods at (718) 894-5145.



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