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

Food Safety Alert

January 24, 2007

Jessica A. Chittenden

Undeclared Sulfites in Ying Feng Foodstuffs Brand Melon Candy

New York State Acting Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker today alerted consumers that Fine Land Corporation, 376 Vernon Avenue, Brooklyn, New York is recalling "Ying Feng Foodstuffs brand Melon Candy" due to the presence of undeclared sulfites. People who have severe sensitivity to sulfites may run the risk of serious or life-threatening reactions if they consume this product.

The recalled "Ying Feng Foodstuffs brand Melon Candy" is packaged in a 12-ounce, un-coded plastic bag. It was sold in the New York City area. It is a product of China.

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 "Ying Feng Foodstuffs brand Melon Candy" should return them to the place of purchase.

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