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

Food Safety Alert

May 21, 2010

Jessica Ziehm

Undeclared Sulfites in Dried Sweet Potato

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker today alerted consumers that Tiffany Food Corporation, located at 1182 Flushing Avenue in Brooklyn, New York, is recalling Dried Sweet Potato 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 Dried Sweet Potato is packaged in a 320 gram plastic bag.† There is no apparent production code on the package but a UPC code of 6-930003-800083 can be found on the back of the package.† The product was distributed nationwide and is a product of China. 

Routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Marketsí food inspectors and subsequent analysis of the product by New York State 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 Dried Sweet Potato should contact Tiffany Food Corporation at 718-326-2678.


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