November 21, 2002
Amport Foods Orchard Has Recalled
Reserve Dried Apricots
Bethpage, NY (SafetyAlerts)
The Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) said King Kullen Grocery Company has recalled 16-ounce
packages of "Amport Foods"-brand "Orchard Reserve" Dried Apricots because
the product was found to contain undeclared sulfites.
People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to sulfites run the risk of
serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.
"Amport Foods Orchard Reserve" Dried Apricots (product of Turkey) are
distributed by American Importing Co., Minneapolis, Minnesota 55413, and are
retailed in 16 ounce hard plastic packages, labeled with container code
"Enjoy By 04.02.2004." Product was distributed to the King Kullen
Supermarkets in Long Island and Staten Island, New York
No illnesses have been reported to date.
The recall was initiated after routine sampling by N.Y.S. Department of
Agriculture & Markets of "Amport Foods Orchard Reserve" Dried Apricots
revealed that this product contained sulfites which were not declared on the
label. The consumption of 10 milligrams of sulfites per serving has been
reported to elicit severe reactions in some asthmatics. Anaphylactic shock
can occur in certain sulfite-sensitive individuals upon ingesting 10
milligrams or more of sulfites. Analysis of "Amport Foods Orchard Reserve"
Dried Apricots revealed that it contains 57.9 milligrams per serving.
Labeling of this product was corrected as of 11/11/2002. Consumers who
purchased "Amport Foods Orchard Reserve" Dried Apricots before 11/11/02
should return the product to store for refund. Consumers with questions may
contact King Kullen at (516) 733-7114.