March 14, 2003
Ho's Trading Has Recalled Master Chao
Sweetened Winter Melon Candy
Brooklyn, NY (SafetyAlerts)
The Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) said that Ho's Trading Inc has recalled 12 oz. plastic
bags of Master Chao brand Sweetened Winter Melon candy because the product
contains undeclared sulfites. People who have severe sensitivity to sulfites
run the risk of serious or life threatening allergic reactions if they
consume this product. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection
with this product
The Master Chao brand Sweetened Winter Melon candy, a product of China, was
distributed to retail stores in an uncoded, 12 oz. plastic bag in New York,
New Jersey, Connecticut, Virginia, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Illinois.
The recall was initiated after it was discovered through routine sampling by
NYS Dept. of Agriculture & 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 elicit severe reactions is some asthmatics.
Anaphylactic shock could occur in certain sulfite sensitive individuals upon
ingesting 10 milligrams or more of sulfites. Analysis of the Master Chao
brand Sweetened Winter Melon candy revealed that it contained greater than
10mg of sulfites per serving.
Establishments and consumers who have purchased the 12 oz. plastic bag of
Master Chao brand Sweetened Winter Melon candy can return the product to the
place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact
the company at 718-622-2288.