New York-based Best Food Cash and Carry Incorporated announced a recall for its raisin product sold under the Deer brand. The reason the raisins were recalled is the presence of sulfite, which has not been declared in the product’s list of ingredients.
The problem was found after a routine sampling was conducted by the state’s Department of Agriculture together with the Markets Food Inspector. Results of the analysis showed that sulfites were present in the samples that were tested. The samples were from 14-ounce packs of the “Deer Raisin Golden” product. The sulfites found were not listed as part of the product’s ingredients. According to the analysis, each serving of the raisins contained 11.07 milligrams of sulfites.
Studies have shown that consuming at least 10 milligrams of sulfites can trigger allergy attacks and other severe reactions in people, specifically those who have asthma. For asthmatic people, ingestion of 10 milligrams or more of sulfite could result in anaphylactic shock, which could lead to more serious (even fatal) conditions. No illness or medical emergency has been reported that is related to the recalled raisins.
The affected “Deer Raisin Golden” products were distributed in the states of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. The recalled products are packed in clear plastic packages which are un-coded. Each pack has a net weight of 14 ounces.
Consumers who may have purchased the recalled raisins are advised to return them to the place where they bought them in order to be given a complete refund. They may also call Best Food at 718-786-8961 for any concerns that they might have about the recall.