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

Food Safety Alert

September 19, 2005

Jessica A. Chittenden

Starway Inc. Issues Allergy Alert

Undeclared Sulfites in Peony Brand Dried Date


Starway Incorporated, located at 137 Grattan Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11237, is recalling Peony Brand Dried Date 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.

The recalled Peony Brand Dried Date, a product of China, is distributed in uncoded and heat-sealed 12 oz. plastic bags. The product was distributed in New York State.

The recall was initiated after routine sampling by NYS Dept. of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors and subsequent analysis of the product by Food Laboratory personnel revealed the presence of undeclared sulfites in Peony Brand Dried Date in packages which did not declare the 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 packages of Peony Brand Dried Date should return it to the place of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 718-417-1788.

2005 Consumer Alerts