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Food Safety Alert

May 18, 2010

Jessica Ziehm
518-457-3136
jessica.ziehm@agriculture.ny.gov

Herb and Honey Issues Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in “Dried Apricots”

Herb and Honey Inc. of Ridgefield, NJ, is recalling its 16 ounce packages of “Dried Apricots”   (Product of Turkey) because they contain undeclared sulfites. Consumers who have a severe sensitivity to sulfites run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product.

The product comes in a 16 ounce, clear plastic bag marked with Item #F90026-1 on the top and  a “Best By” date of “12/15/2011” stamped on the side. The recalled “Dried Apricots” were distributed in retail stores in New York and New Jersey.

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 the 16 ounce packages of “Dried Apricots” 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.   Laboratory analysis revealed undeclared sulfites in the “Dried Apricots” at a level of 108 mg/serving.

No illnesses or allergic reactions involving this product have been reported to date.

Consumers who have purchased 16 ounce packages of “Dried Apricots” are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-201-943-1474.

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Consumers who have purchased 16 ounce packages of “Dried Apricots” are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-201-943-1474.


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