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

Food Safety Alert

November 08, 2006

Jessica A. Chittenden

Undeclared Sulfites in Pumkin Flower

Undeclared Sulfites in Pumkin Flower

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick H. Brennan today warned sulfite sensitive consumers and asthmatics to avoid consuming Central Chilera de Puebla brand "Pumkin Flower" due to the presence of undeclared sulfites in the product.

The product was sold by D&H Farm Products, 63-04 Roosevelt Avenue, Woodside, New York. The Central Chilera de Puebla brand "Pumkin Flower" is packed in a 32 ounce glass jar, coded EW 0808 060708. According to the product label, the "Pumkin Flower" was distributed by Central Chilera de Puebla, 349 Chestnut St., Passaic, New Jersey 07055. It was sold in the New York City Metropolitan area.

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 Central Chilera de Puebla brand "Pumkin Flower" should return it to the place of purchase.

2006 Consumer Alerts