December 31, 2002
Strong America Has Recalled Sweet
Brooklyn, NY (SafetyAlerts)
The Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) said that Strong America Ltd has recalled 3 lb packages
of Sweet Potatoes because they may contain undeclared Sulfites People who
have severe sensitivity to Sulfites run the risk of serious life-threatening
allergic reaction if they consume these products. No illnesses have been
reported to date in connection with this problem.
The Minguang brand dried sweet potato, a product of China, is distributed in
coded 3lb, plastic bags, with a code of 2002.01.28. Product was distributed
in New York Metropolitan area.
The recall was initiated after it was discovered through routine sampling by
the N.Y.S Dept. of Agriculture and Markets food inspectors that the product
containing Sulfites, was distributed in packaging that did not declare the
presence of Sulfites. The consumption of 10 milligrams of Sulfites per
serving has been reported to elect severe reactions in some asthmatics.
Anaphylactic shock could occur in certain Sulfites sensitive individuals
upon ingesting 10 milligrams or more of Sulfites. Analysis of the Minguang
brand dried sweet potato revealed that it contained 39 milligrams per
Establishments and consumers who have purchased the 3lb packages of Minguang
brand dried sweet potato can return the product to the place of purchase for
a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at