July 21, 2003
Global Commodities, Inc. Issues
Allergy Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in "Dried Green Raisins"
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that Global Commodities, Inc.,
14-50A 118th Street, College Point, NY 11356, is recalling "Dried Green
Raisins" because it 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.
The recalled Dried Green Raisins which are packaged in 14 oz. plastic bags
were sold in New York City.
The recall was initiated after routine sampling by New York State Department
of Agriculture and Markets food inspectors revealed the presence of
undeclared sulfites in "Dried Green Raisins" in packages which did not
declare sulfites on the label. The product contains 57 milligrams of
sulfites per serving. The consumption of 10 milligrams of sulfites per
serving has been reported to elicit severe reactions in some asthmatics.
Anaphylactic shock could occur in certain sulfite sensitive individuals upon
ingesting 10 milligrams or more of sulfites.
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.
Consumers who have purchased "Dried Green Raisins" should return it to the
place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact the company at