January 15, 2000Explosive 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
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 Healths Food and Drug Branch at 586-4725.
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