June 20, 2002
Starway Incorporated Has Recalled Red Diamond
brand Wintermelon Strip
Brooklyn, NY (SafetyAlerts)
- The Food and Drug Administration said that Starway Incorporated has
recalled 12 oz. packages of Red Diamond brand Wintermelon Strip because the
product contains undeclared sulfites. People who have severe sensitivity to
sulfites run the risk of serious or life threatening allergic reaction if
they consume this product. No illnesses have been reported to date in
connection with this problem.
The Red Diamond brand Wintermelon Strip, a product of China, is distributed
in uncoded and heat sealed 12 oz. plastic bags. Product was distributed in
the New York Metropolitan Area.
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 in some asthmatics.
Anaphylactic shock could occur in certain sulfite sensitive individuals upon
ingesting 10 milligrams or more of sulfites. Analysis of the Red Diamond
brand Wintermelon Strip revealed that it contained 48 milligrams per
Establishments and consumers who have purchased the 12 oz. packages of Red
Diamond brand Wintermelon Strip can return the product to the place of
purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company