June 14, 2001Allergy Alert: Emperor Brand
Shiitake Mushrooms Recalled
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.
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