Saturday, February 16, 2008

Summit Import Corporation Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Sulfites in Oriental Mascot Brand Sweetened Sliced Coconut

Summit Import Corp. is recalling "Oriental Mascot Brand Sweetened Sliced Coconut" because it contains undeclared sulfites. Consumers who have severe sensitivity to sulfites may run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product.

The product comes in an uncoded 4 oz plastic container. The recalled "Oriental Mascot Brand Sweetened Sliced Coconut" was distributed in New York State. It is a product of China.

The recall was initiated after routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspectors and subsequent analysis of the product by Food Laboratory personnel revealed the presence of undeclared sulfites in "Oriental Mascot Brand Sweetened Sliced Coconut" in packages which did not declare sulfites 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. Analysis of the "Oriental Mascot Brand Sweetened Sliced Coconut" revealed they contained 70 mg per serving.

No illnesses involving this product have been reported to date. Consumers who have purchased "Oriental Mascot Brand Sweetened Sliced Coconut" are urged to return it to the place of purchase for full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 201-839-2882 Attention: Mr. Lee.

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