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Nitre Powder May Have Hazardous Sodium Nitrate Levels

Hocean, Inc. of Commerce City, CA is recalling all Nitre Powder, a kind of curing salt, that has the potential to be contaminated with higher levels of sodium nitrite. Consumption of hazardous amounts of sodium nitrites can lead to life-threatening illness and/or death.

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The Food and Drug Administration contacted Hocean, Inc. after receiving a complaint. When a tested sample resulted in confirmation of high levels of sodium nitrite, Hocean, Inc. agreed to recall the product.

The recalled Nitre Powder is packaged in 4 oz clear green acrylic plastic bags with UPC 0 45027 97918 2 and the logo of a sail boat in the top left corner. It was distributed to Asian food markets and other grocery stores from July 2008 to February 2010 in California, Texas, Oregon, Nebraska, Georgia, Florida, Colorado, Oklahoma, Washington, New Mexico, Ohio, Arizona, Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia.

The recalled product may be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund. For more information about the recall contact the company at 323-838-1788, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pacific Time.

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