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August 22, 2003


(SafetyAlerts) - HCDD International, 505 Meserole St., Brooklyn, NY 11237, is recalling 44 pound cardboard boxes (4 x 11 pound plastic bags in each box) of Dried Guava Slice because the product contains undeclared sulfites. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to sulfites run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction is they consume these products. No illnesses have been reported in connection with this problem.

The Dried Guava Slice, a product of Thailand, was distributed in uncoded, 44.0 pound boxes in New York and Illinois.

The recall was initiated after routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors revealed that the product containing sulfites was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of the sulfites. 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. Analysis of the Dried Guava Slicerevealed that it contains 23.6 milligrams per serving.

Establishments and consumers who have purchased 44.0 pound cardboard boxes of Dried Guava Slice can return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 718-418-9888.

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