|FOOD AND DRUG
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Consumer Media: 888-Info-FDA
May 29, 1998
FDA WARNS ABOUT SULFITES IN BARCELONA
FRUIT AND NUT MIX
The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers who have a sensitivity to
sulfites not to purchase or eat Fruit and Nut Mix, in 7 oz. plastic packs manufactured by
the Barcelona Nut Company, Baltimore, Maryland. The product contains high levels of
undeclared sulfites, and people who are sensitive to sulfites run the risk of serious or
life-threatening reactions if they consume this product.
Barcelona Fruit and Nut Mix, in 7 ounce plastic packages, was known to have been
distributed to retail stores in Maryland and New York. The product packaging is labeled
with red, white and blue ink.
No illnesses have been reported to date. The Fruit and Nut Mix 7-ounce
products do not contain an ingredient statement, a requirement of the Federal Food,
Drug and Cosmetic Act. One lot of the 7-ounce size was analyzed in labs of the New York
State Department of Agriculture and Markets and found to contain sulfites at levels
substantially above what is considered potentially life-threatening to persons with
The Barcelona Nut Company has recalled the product from commercial distribution.
FDA is issuing this warning in order alert those who may have purchased this product and
still have it in their homes.