From undeclared milk, to undeclared sulfites….It is Huipu Chinese Wolfberry that is the focus of the most recent FDA recall. Strong America Ltd NY is recalling its 5.28 ounce packages of Huipu Chinese Wolfberry, because they contained undeclared sulfites.
Sulfites have been used for centuries, mainly as food additives, but can also occur naturally in foods such as fermented beverages and wines. They are often used as preservatives in dried fruits and dried potato products.
Sulphites are known to increase asthma symptoms in approximately 5% of asthmatics. Consumers who have severe sensitivity to sulfites run the risk of the serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume this product. The consumption of 10 milligrams of sulfites per serving has been reported to elicit severe reactions in some asthmatics. More than 10mg could result in anaphylactic shock in sensitive individuals.
This has been a very busy week for food recalls. I referenced several recalls just yesterday, and concluded my thoughts with hopes that yesterday would be the last for the week. The end of the week….so close, yet so far away. Maybe next week will be food recall free.
It is also worth noting that we pass these recalls along for general interest. Our law firm does not handle food recall cases.