Western Beef, a low-cost supermarket chain, is recalling sun dried tomato packages that contain sulfites. The labeling doesn’t inform the customer that the product contains sulfites, which is a violation of FDA law.
According to the FDA, one out of 100 people are sensitive to sulfites. If an individual with sulfite sensitivity consumes the product, they could experience a life-threatening allergic reaction.
The Western Beef Sun Dried Tomatoes included in the recall are not coded. The recall includes sun dried tomato products sold in a 16 oz. or 32 oz. plastic container. The recalled products were sold in Western Beef supermarkets throughout New York.
The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets inspected Western Beef Sun Dried Tomatoes and sent samples to Food Laboratory personnel to provide an analysis.
The analysis shows that sulfites were in packages of Western Beef Sun Dried Tomatoes. Food is allowed to contain sulfites, but only when the product informs consumers that sulfites are on the label.
For asthmatics, consuming 10 milligrams of sulfites per servings can cause sever reactions. If 10 milligrams of sulfites are consumed, sulfite sensitive individuals could go into anaphylactic shock.
“Analysis of the Western Beef package of Sun Dried Tomatoes revealed they contained 32.2 milligrams per serving,” according to the recall press release.
The press release dictates that no illnesses have been reported thus far.
Consumers who bought aWestern Beef Sun Dried Tomatoes should return the product to the store. If you have questions, contact Western Beef at (718) 417-3370.
Western Beef has been in business for 0ver 30 years, now owning 28 warehouse style supermarkets throughout New York, New Jersey and Florida. Western Beef is headquartered on an 11-acre facility in New York City.
“We pride ourselves on developing relationships with our customers. The same relationships formed with your neighborhood butcher, baker, deli and fruit market. Everything you love about their specialized services, plus a full line of grocery, dairy and frozen foods, all at discounted prices under one roof,” according to Western Beef’s website.
More information about sulfite sensitivity can be found on WebMD.
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