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Allergy Alert: Sulfites on Dates Imported from China

Domega NY International Co. in Brooklyn is recalling dried dates imported from China after routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets food inspectors and subsequent analysis revealed the product contained high levels of sulfites that were not declared on the label.

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No illnesses have been reported, the New York agriculture department said Friday.

People who have severe sensitivity to sulfites may run the risk of serious or life-threatening reactions if they consume these dates. 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. 

The recalled dried dates are packaged in a 12 oz. (340 gram) plastic bag. There is no apparent production code on the package but a UPC code of 6-868978-724670 can be found on the back of the package. The product, a product of China, was distributed nationwide. 

Consumers who have purchased Dried Dates may contact Jing Hua Chen, Domega NY International Co. LTD at 646-388-3032.

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