Both Fatima Brothers Inc. and United TC of Dayton have issued a voluntary recall of their raisin products as they contain sulfites, which went undeclared on the label. For both companies, the problem was discovered after a routine sampling and analysis done by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets food inspectors found presence of sulphites in the packages. No illnesses have, so far, been reported from the consumption of the affected raisins from either United TC or Fatima Brothers.
The affected products from United TC include the 16 oz. clear plastic bags of Basma Golden Raisins as well as the 30 Lb. bulk cartons of Golden Raisins. Meanwhile, the affected products from Fatima Brothers include the SHAD RAISINS that come in uncoded 7 oz. and 14 oz. plastic bags.
Sulfites prove to be a serious health risk especially for those who suffer from asthma. Moreover, the Australian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy has said that those who suffer from poorly controlled asthma are likely to suffer symptoms of allergic reaction to sulfites. These include wheezing, chest tightness and coughing. At the same time, the same set of symptoms can also manifest on people who do not have a history of asthma. In addition, those with sensitivity to sulfites may also go into anaphylactic shock after consuming 10 milligrams of the said preservative.
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Both companies have urged consumers to stop consuming the recalled raisins and to return it to the place of purchase. Meanwhile, United TC has also said that customers will be entitled to a full refund.