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June 30,  2003

Consumer Alert: Undeclared Sulfites in Shrimp


(SafetyAlerts) -State Agriculture Commissioner Nathan L. Rudgers today warned sulfite-allergic consumers and asthmatics to avoid consuming "Quirola Fresh Frozen Shrimp" due to the presence of undeclared sulfites in the product.

The product was sold by Chong Rae Choi, 10 Willoughby Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201. "Quirola Fresh Frozen Shrimp", a product of Ecuador, was offered for sale from a bulk display on June 17, 2003. The shrimp was sold cash and carry from the 10 Willoughby Street location.

Routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets food inspectors revealed the shrimp contained high levels of sulfites, which were not declared on the label.

Sulfites can cause deadly reactions in asthmatics and others suffering sulfite allergies. No illnesses have been reported to date.

Consumers who purchased "Quirola Fresh Frozen Shrimp" should return it to the place of purchase.


Source: FDA

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