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

Food Safety Alert

April 29, 2010

Jessica Ziehm

Northern Food I/E Issues Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in Havista White Fungus

Northern Food I/E Inc. of Hicksville, NY, is recalling its 100 gram packages of Havista brand “white fungus” because they contain undeclared sulfites. People who have a sensitivity to sulfites run the risk of serious or life-threatening reactions if they consume this product.

The product comes in a 100 gram clear plastic bag with a multi-color label on the front and a white label on the back. The product is coded Best Before 09/10/2011. The recalled Havista brand “white fungus” was distributed in New York and New Jersey in retail stores.

The recall was initiated after routine sampling by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors and subsequent analysis by the Department’s Food Laboratory personnel revealed the presence of sulfites in the product, 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. Analysis of the Havista brand “white fungus” revealed it contained 124 milligrams per serving.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.
Consumers who purchased the 100 gram packages of Havista brand “white fungus” are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (516) 942-9070.


2010 Consumer Alerts