November 25, 2002
American Importing Has Recalled 16 oz.
Packages of Orchard Reserve Dried Apricots
Minneapolis, MN (SafetyAlerts)
The Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) said that American Importing Company, Inc. has recalled
16 ounce packages of Orchard Reserve Dried Apricots, because they may
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.
The Orchard Reserve Apricots were distributed in New York State through King
Kullen and Food Emporium stores.
The whole dried apricots are packed in a clear, round plastic tub, with a
clear lid. The top label reads "Orchard Reserve Apricots" in black and gold
lettering, and Amport Foods underneath. Along the edge of the label it
reads: Distributed by: American Importing Co., Minneapolis, MN 55413. The
bottom label contains the nutrition facts, and "Enjoy by: 04.02.2004."
No illnesses have been reported to date.
The recall was initiated after testing by New York State found the presence
of sulfites in the product which was distributed in packaging that did not
reveal the presence of sulfites on the label. This would be a concern to
only persons allergic to sulfites. Only the product with an "Enjoy by date
of 04.02.2004" is included in this recall.
Consumers who have purchased this product are urged to return it to the
place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact
the company directly at 1-800-989-5665.