June 30, 2003
Consumer Alert: Undeclared Sulfites
-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.