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June 17,  2002

Consumer Alert: Undeclared Sulfites in Sour Bamboo Shoot Tip

(SafetyAlerts) - New York State Agriculture Commissioner Nathan L. Rudgers warned sulfite-allergic consumers and asthmatics to avoid consuming "Siamese Coins Sour Bamboo Shoot Tip" due to the presence of undeclared sulfites in the product.

The product was sold by the Vientian Grocery, 1415 N. Clinton Avenue, Rochester, New York. "Siamese Coins Sour Bamboo Shoot Tip" is packaged in a 24-ounce glass container. It is not coded and is a product of Thailand. It was sold in the Rochester area.

Routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets food inspectors revealed the product 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 "Siamese Coins Sour Bamboo Shoot Tip" from the Vientian Grocery should return it to the store.

Source: FDA.

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