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

Food Safety Alert

August 12, 2008

Jessica A. Chittenden

Hop Lee Trading Co., Inc. Issues Alert On Undeclared Sulfites In Flower Brand Dried Sweet Potato

Hop Lee Trading Co. Inc. of 337 Butler Street, Brooklyn, N.Y., 11217, is recalling
Flower brand Dried Sweet Potato because it contains undeclared sulfites.  Consumers who have severe sensitivity to sulfites run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product.

Flower brand Dried Sweet Potato is sold in a 12 ounce, un-coded, clear plastic package and was distributed nationwide. It is a product of China.

The recall was initiated after routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors and subsequent analysis by Food Laboratory personnel revealed the presence of sulfites in Flower brand Dried Sweet Potato which were not declared on the label. The consumption of 10 milligrams of sulfites per serving has been reported to elicit severe reaction in some asthmatics.  Anaphylactic shock could occur in certain sulfite sensitive individuals upon ingesting 10 milligrams or more of sulfites.

No illnesses or allergic reactions involving this product have been reported to date. Consumers who have purchased Flower brand Dried Sweet Potato are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-718-821-2315


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