November 24, 2003
Consumer Alert: Undeclared Sulfites in
Malatya Dried Apricot
York State Agriculture Commissioner Nathan L. Rudgers today warned
sulfite-allergic consumers and asthmatics to avoid consuming "Malatya Dried
Apricot" due to the presence of undeclared sulfites in the product.
"Malatya Dried Apricot" is being recalled by Mina Quality Foods Inc., 71
Bloomingdale Road, Hicksville, NY 11801. The product is packaged in a 340
gram, plastic wrapped styrofoam tray, labeled with code 09-2004. It was sold
in the New York City metropolitan area.
Routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets
food inspectors revealed that the product contained high levels of sulfites,
which were not declared on the label.
Sulfites can cause deadly reactions in asthmatics and others suffering
sulfite allergies. No illnesses have been reported to date.
Consumers who have purchased "Malatya Dried Apricot" should return them to
the place of purchase.