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

Food Safety Alert

December 14, 2005

Jessica A. Chittenden

Undeclared Sulfites in Dried Lily Flower

First Deputy Agriculture Commissioner Ruth A. Moore today alerted consumers that Allied Imports, 267 52nd Street, Brooklyn, New York is recalling certain “Dried Lily Flower” due to the presence of undeclared sulfites.  People who have severe sensitivity to sulfites may run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product.

The recalled “Dried Lily Flower” is packaged in a 6-ounce, uncoded plastic bag.  It was sold throughout Metropolitan New York.

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 product contained high levels of sulfites 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.

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

Consumers who have purchased Dried Lily Flower should return them to the place of purchase.


2005 Consumer Alerts