March 11, 2022
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Brooklyn, NY

Consumer Alert: Undeclared Sulfites in "Sweet Potato"

Consumer Alert: Undeclared Sulfites in "Sweet Potato"

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball today alerted consumers that Apollo Food International Inc., located at 37-10 Review Street in Long Island City, NY 11101, is recalling dried “Sweet Potato” due to the presence of undeclared sulfites. People who have severe sensitivity to sulfites may run the risk of serious or life-threatening reactions if they consume this product. To date, no illnesses have been reported to this Department in connection with this product.

The recalled “Sweet Potato” is packaged in clear plastic clamshell containers which weight approximately two pounds. The product was sold to retail food stores in Brooklyn and Queens, NY. All codes of the product are subject to the recall.

Routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets food inspectors and subsequent analysis of the product by New York State Food Laboratory personnel 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, including anaphylactic shock, in some asthmatics and sensitive individuals.

Consumers who are sensitive to sulfites and have purchased “Sweet Potato” should not consume it. Consumers with questions about the recalled product may contact Jim Zhou at (718) 784-2917 or may email the distributor at [email protected].

A photo of the recalled product.