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Food Safety Alert

June 11, 2010

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

SIROB IMPORTS ISSUES ALERT ON UNDECLARED SULFITES IN STRAWBERRY FARMS SUN DRIED TOMATOES

Sirob Imports, Inc. of Lindenhurst, NY, is recalling 16 oz vacuum packed bags of Strawberry Farm Sun Dried Tomatoes because they contain undeclared sulfites.  Consumers who have severe sensitivity to sulfites run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product.

The product comes in 16 oz, clear plastic vacuum packed bags.   The recalled Strawberry Farm Sun Dried Tomatoes were distributed in Queens, NY to a retail store.

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 oz vacuum packed bags Strawberry Farm Sun Dried Tomatoes 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 sulfites sensitive individuals upon ingesting 10 milligrams or more of sulfites.  Analysis of the Strawberry Farms Sun Dried Tomatoes revealed they contained 197 milligrams per 4 oz serving.

No illnesses or allergic reactions involving this product have been reported to date.  Consumers who have purchased 16 oz vacuum packed bags Strawberry Farm Sun Dried Tomatoes are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.  Consumer s with questions may contact the company at 631-957-8888.

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