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January 15, 2000

Explosive Tuong Ot Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce Prompts Recall and DOH Advisory

Honolulu, HI (SafetyAlerts) - The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) is warning consumers not to open certain bottles of a popular oriental hot chili sauce because the garlic used to make the sauce began to ferment and form gases which pressurized the contents of the bottle.  When opened, the contents may splatter and can irritate the eyes and other mucous membranes that come in contact with the sauce.

The Hawaii DOH recently received one report of injury and continues to find the recalled codes in the marketplace.

There is no hazard after the bottle has been opened although the chili ingredient is an irritant and consumers should not expose their eyes or other sensitive areas to the sauce.

The sauce, “Tuong Ot Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce,” is made by the Huy Fong Foods, Inc. of Rosemead, California, in 17 and 28 ounce plastic bottles. Only certain batches of the sauce may be a problem. The codes of these batches are found on the neck of the bottles and begin with the following symbols on the first line: H9TM, H9TA, H9TW, H9TX, or H9TY.

Huy Fong Foods had voluntarily recalled the sauce in September 1999.  This is the first public notice issued by the Hawaii DOH.

Consumers are advised to discard the unopened sauce or return it to the place of purchase if it bears any of the above-mentioned codes. No other codes or Huy Fong products are being recalled. The Department is working with the local distributors of the sauce to remove the recalled codes from sale.

For more information, the public can call the Department of Health’s Food and Drug Branch at 586-4725.

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