Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner

Food Safety Alert

May 06, 2005

Jessica A. Chittenden

Lion Pavilion Ltd Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in Zhenqiwei Dried Apricots

LION PAVILION LTD, 518 Gardner Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222, is recalling ZhenQiWei Dried Apricots because it may contain undeclared sulfites. People who have sever sensitivity to sulfites run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product.

The recalled ZhenQiWei Dried Apricots, a product of China, packed in uncoded 150g plastic bags, were sold in New York State.

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 The Department's Food Laboratory personnel revealed the presence of sulfites in ZhenQiWei 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 sever 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 ZhenQiWei Dried Apricots should return it to the place of purchase.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at (718) 384-6951.

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