June 5, 2000Undeclared Peanuts Found in
Candy Labeled 'Waxgourd Candy'
Product actually is
Red Skin peanuts
NY (SafetyAlerts) - New York State
Agriculture Commissioner Nathan Rudgers has issued an alert to consumers who are sensitive
to peanuts not to consume a product labeled as "Waxgourd Candy" distributed by
Strong America Limited, 1177 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11237, because the
product is actually red skin peanuts.
The Department's Division of Food Safety and Inspection found the misbranded product being
offered for sale in a retail store in Amherst (Buffalo area), New York. The product is in
a twelve (12) ounce plastic bag that bears the name "Waxgourd Candy" in both
English and Chinese. The label also indicates it as a "Product of China," and
bears no visible container code.
The consumption of peanuts by allergic individuals has been reported to elicit severe
reactions, to include death. Life threatening anaphylactic reaction can occur in sensitive
individuals upon consumption or inhalation of peanut dust.
No illness or adverse reaction resulting from the consumption of this product has been
Consumers who are allergic to peanuts and may have purchased this product should not
consume it. They should either discard it or return it to the place of purchase.
Notice of this product warning was
sent via email to SafeMail
subscribers June 5, 2000.
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