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Food Safety Alert

March 31, 2005

Jessica A. Chittenden
518-457-3136
jessica.chittenden@agriculture.ny.gov

MEREX CORPORATION ISSUES ALLERGY ALERT ON UNDECLARED SULFTTES IN DRIED 1 LB. APRICOTS

MEREX CORPORATION, 1120 SAW MILL RIVER ROAD, YONKERS, NY 10710 is recalling 1 lb. containers of dried apricots because they may contain 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 1 lb. dried apricots in plastic containers, dated 3-7 through 3-14 and labeled product of Turkey and contains no preservatives, were sold in the New York Metro area.

The recall was initiated after routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors and subsequent analysis by Department Food Laboratory personnel, revealed the presence of undeclared sulfites in dried apricots in packages which 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.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

Consumers who have purchased the dried apricots should return it to the place of purchase.  Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-513-3335.


2005 Consumer Alerts