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

Food Safety Alert

July 30, 2009

Jessica A. Chittenden

Undeclared Sulfites in “Chi Ling Gourmet Foods Hot Olive”

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker today alerted consumers that Tiffany Food Corp., located at 1182 Flushing Ave., Brooklyn, New York is recalling "Chi Ling Gourmet Foods Hot Olive" 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 "Chi Ling Gourmet Foods Hot Olive" is packaged in an uncoded 200 gram, clear plastic bag and were distributed nationwide.  It is a product of Taiwan.

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 product.  Consumers who have purchased "Chi Ling Gourmet Foods Hot Olive" should contact Vivian Chen of Tiffany Food Corp at (718) 326-2667.



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