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

Food Safety Alert

December 12, 2005

Jessica A. Chittenden

Hong Kong Supermarket Brand Dried Vegetable Recalled

Undeclared Sulfites in Hong Kong Supermarket Brand Dried Vegetable

Mon Chong Loong Trading Corp. of Maspeth, NY is recalling all of its Hong Kong Supermarket Brand Dried Vegetable, because they contain undeclared sulfites.  People who have severe sensitivity to sulfites run the risk of serious or life-threatening reactions if they consume these products.

The Hong Kong Supermarket Brand Dried Vegetable is packaged in uncoded, sealed plastic 12 oz. bags, with labeling in Chinese and English.  It is a product of China.  The product was distributed in the New York metropolitan area through retail stores. 

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

The recall was initiated after routine sampling by the 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 the product, which were not declared 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 Hong Kong Supermarket Brand Dried Vegetable revealed it contained 327 milligrams per serving.

Consumers who have purchased Hong Kong Supermarket Brand Dried Vegetable are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.  Consumers with questions may contact the company at 718-417-1668.


2005 Consumer Alerts