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

Food Safety Alert

February 01, 2010

Jessica Ziehm

Global Commodities Inc. Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Sulfites In Aahu Barah Brand Dry Apricot

Global Commodities Inc. of Hicksville, NY is recalling its 0.50 lbs. packages of Aahu Barah brand Dry Apricot food treats because they contain undeclared Sulfites.  People who have allergies to Sulfites run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

The recalled Dry Apricots were distributed in New York State in some retail stores.  The product comes in a 0.50 lbs., clear plastic package marked with Dry Apricot with an expiration date of 12/2013 stamped on the side.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The recall was initiated after routine sampling by NY State Agriculture & Markets inspectors and subsequent analysis by Food Laboratory personnel revealed the presence of sulfites in the 0.50 lbs. package of dried apricots which were not declared on the label.  Subsequently, investigation indicated the problem was caused by a temporary breakdown in the company’s production and packaging processes.  Production of the product has been suspended until the company is certain that the problem has been corrected.

The consumption of 10 mg of sulfites per serving has been reported to illicit severe reactions in some asthmatics.

Consumers who have purchased 0.50 lbs. packages of Aahu Barah brand “Dry Apricot” are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.  Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-516-396-0710 or 1-646-235-4154.


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