Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Sulfite Alert: Fineland Corp Issues Alert in Ying Feng Foodstuffs Brand Pumpkin Seeds

CC Note: Individuals with sulfite sensitivity are always on the lookout for any food products with sulfites. One eyewitness account of a victim of sulfite ingestion not being able to breathe is enough to for our staff to take this warning seriously. So often restaurants do not know if the food they prepare has added sulfites. So many times, it is the victim of sulfite ingestion who has to tell the restaurant about whether the food served contained them or not. Too often, it is a life threatening and exceedingly frightening experience.

Fine Land Corp of 239 Bay 20th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11214, is recalling Ying Feng Foodstuffs Brand Pumpkin Seeds because it contains undeclared sulfites. Consumers who have severe sensitivity to sulfites run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product.

Ying Feng Foodstuffs Brand Pumpkin Seeds is sold in a 10 ounce, clear plastic package with the following code: EXP 03 25 2010 and was distributed nationwide. 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 by Food Laboratory personnel revealed the presence of sulfites in Ying Feng Foodstuffs Brand Pumpkin Seeds 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 or allergic reactions involving this product has been reported to date. Consumers who have purchased Ying Feng Foodstuffs Brand Pumpkin Seeds are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 718-714-1850.

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