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

Food Safety Alert

September 17, 2008

Jessica A. Chittenden

Undeclared Sulfites in KFI Brand “Sweetened Ginger – Mut Gung”

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker today alerted consumers that K-Fat Incorporated located at 13 Meadow Street, Brooklyn, New York 11206 is recalling KFI brand "Sweetened Ginger – Mut Gung" due to the presence of undeclared sulfites. People who have a severe sensitivity to sulfites run the risk of serious or life-threatening reactions if they consume this product

The KFI brand "Sweetened Ginger – Mut Gung" is packaged in 150 gram un-coded, unlabeled plastic containers with plastic lids. This product was distributed nationwide. According to the label, the product is made in Vietnam.

Routine sampling by a New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets’ food inspector and subsequent analysis by New York State Food Laboratory personnel confirmed the product contained 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 product. Sulfite sensitive consumers who have purchased KFI brand "Sweetened Ginger – Mut Gung" should return it to place of purchase.


2008 Consumer Alerts