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Food Safety Alert

September 04, 2015

Jola Szubielski 518-457-0752
Dave Bullard 315-487-7711 x 1377

Food Nation Issues Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in “Western Beef Packaged of Sun Dried Tomatoes”

Food Nation Produce 47-05 Metropolitan Ave Ridgewood, NY 11385 is recalling Western Beef packaged of Sun Dried Tomatoes, because it may contain undeclared sulfites. People who have severe sensitivity to sulfites run the risk of serious of life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product.

The recalled Western Beef packaged of Sun Dried Tomatoes comes in an un-coded, in a 16 oz. or 32 oz. plastic container and was sold in Western Beef retail supermarkets in New York.

The recall was initiated after routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets food inspectors and subsequent analysis of the product by Food Laboratory personnel revealed the presence of sulfites in packages of Western Beef packaged of Sun Dried Tomatoes. While sulfates are permitted in the product when properly labeled, this product did not declare sulfites on the label. 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 Western Beef package of Sun Dried Tomatoes revealed they contained 32.2 milligrams per serving.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. Consumers who have purchased Western Beef package of Sun Dried Tomatoes should return it to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact the company (718)417-3370.

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