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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.


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