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

Food Safety Alert

January 26, 2011

Jessica Ziehm

Consumer Alert: Undeclared Sulfites in Dry Yellow Raisins

New York State Acting Agriculture Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine today alerted consumers to undeclared sulfites in Dry Yellow Raisins, packaged and distributed by Rugova Trading Corporation, located at 4-05 26th Ave in Astoria, New York.† People who have severe sensitivity to sulfites may run the risk of serious or life-threatening reactions if they consume this product.

The recalled Dry Yellow Raisins are packaged in a 12 ounce, clear plastic bag.† There is no apparent production code on the package.† Product distribution is unknown as the listed distributor has been found to be out of business. 

Routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Marketsí food inspectors and subsequent analysis of the product by 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 who have purchased Dry Yellow Raisins should dispose of the product.

2011 Consumer Alerts