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June 14, 2001

Allergy Alert: Emperor Brand Shiitake Mushrooms Recalled

Ottawa, Canada (SafetyAlerts) - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning people with a sensitivity to sulphites not to consume fresh Chinese shiitake mushrooms imported by Emperor Speciality Foods Ltd. from China which may contain sulphites.

The fresh Chinese shiitake mushrooms were imported from Dalian province in China by Emperor Speciality Foods Ltd., Richmond, B.C. and distributed to British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Washington State and California. Affected product sold under the Emperor brand may have been distributed to retail and restaurants from June 6, 2001 to present in package sizes of 100 g., 1 lb., 3 lb., 5 lb., 5 kg. and in bulk.

The product is being voluntarily recalled by the importer Emperor Speciality Foods Ltd. Consumers who have purchased bulk shiitake mushrooms and have a sensitivity to sulphites should enquire at the retail outlet where they purchased the product to verify if the store received the recalled product.

The consumption of this product may cause serious or life-threatening reaction in persons with sensitivities to sulphites. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall. For more information, consumers and industry can call the CFIA at one of the following numbers: In the province of Quebec 1-800-561-3350; or In other provinces and territories 1-800-442-2342.

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafetyAlerts subscribers June 14, 2001.  For more information regarding the SafetyAlerts free email alert service please click here.

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