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Food Safety Alert

October 21, 2010

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

Undeclared Sulfites In “Frubex” Marinated Celery

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker today alerted consumers that MY Place Deli Inc., d.b.a. Monika Polish Meat & Deli, 80-10 37th Ave., Jackson Heights, New York, 11372, is recalling "Frubex" brand Marinated Celery 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 "Frubex" brand Marinated Celery is packaged in 9.5 ounce, glass jars with a product code of “01-10-2010”.  Product was sold at retail from MY Place Deli Inc., d.b.a. Monika Polish Meat & Deli, 80-10 37th Ave., Jackson Heights, New York 11372.  The “Frubex” brand Marinated Celery is imported from Poland.
Routine sampling by a New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets food inspector and subsequent analysis at the New York State Food Laboratory 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 with sensitivity to sulfites who have purchased "Frubex" brand Marinated Celery should discard the product or return it to the place of purchase.

Photo: http://www.agriculture.ny.gov/FoodSafetyAlets/Marinated-Celery.pdf


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