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August 29, 2000

Aegean Brand Sun Dried Tomatoes Recalled

Hicksville, NY (SafetyAlerts) - New York State Agriculture Commissioner Nathan L. Rudgers has announced a recall of Aegean brand Sun Dried Tomatoes (in oil) in 6.3 ounce jars with metal screw lids. The product could be tainted with Clostridium botulinum, the bacteria that causes botulism.

The product is uncoded. Anyone possessing this product is urged to discard it or return it to the place of purchase for a refund.

The product is being recalled by MyKonos Import-Export, Inc., a food distributor in Hicksville, New York, who is contacting all its customers to alert them to pull the product from shelves. According to the distributor, the product was primarily distributed in Central New York. An investigation as to the exact distribution of this product is continuing.

The recall follows a routine sampling in a Syracuse, New York food store by food safety inspectors from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. Laboratory analysis found pH (acidity) and water activity levels in the product, which could permit Clostridium botulinum to develop and produce a toxin which can result in botulism if consumed. There have been no reported illnesses associated with this product according to Department officials.

Symptoms of botulism, which can be fatal, include blurred or double vision, general weakness, poor reflexes, difficulty swallowing and respiratory distress. Symptoms usually appear between 12-36 hours after ingestion, but may take several days. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek medical attention immediately.

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafeMail subscribers August 29, 2000.

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