Goji Berries Distributed in Multiple States Recalled for Undeclared Sulfites

KEY POINTS

  • Dr Snack Goji Berry has been distributed in several states including New York and Delaware
  • Consumption of 10mg of sulfites has been reported to cause “severe reactions” in some asthmatics
  • Consumers who purchased the recalled product can obtain a full refund

New York-based BCS International is recalling its goji berry products because they may contain undeclared sulfites. Those who are sensitive or allergic to it can have severe allergic reactions.

Trouble is, the company’s “Dr. Snack Goji Berry” was discovered after routine sampling by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Food Markets. Inspectors revealed the presence of sulfites, which were not declared on the label, the company announced on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website. Noted.

Sulfites are chemicals that are used as preservatives in foods and beverages, the Cleveland Clinic Explain. These can be found in various products and were even widely used in the 1970s and 1980s.

However, sulphites can cause asthma and allergy symptoms, ranging from “light wheezing” to life-threatening anaphylactic shock. Due to severe sulfite reactions, in 1986 the FDA banned the use of sulfites on fresh fruits and vegetables. Additionally, in products such as dried fruits, the use of sulfites in the production process or as an ingredient must be declared on the label, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Noted.

According to the company, it has previously been reported that consuming 10 milligrams of sulphites per serving can induce “severe reactions” in some asthmatics and can even lead to anaphylactic shock in some sulphite-sensitive people – if they consume 10 milligrams or more. That’s why it’s important for people with a sulfite allergy to always check food labels.

The affected products contained 13.6 milligrams of sulphites per serving. Fortunately, the company has not received any reports of allergic reactions or product-related illnesses as of the recall date.

The products affected by the call back are Dr. Snack Goji Berry products that arrived in 4.5 ounce, 6 ounce, and 9 ounce plastic containers and 5 pound cardboard packaging. They have UPC codes 80555492205, 80555493218, 80555494216 or 80555470198 and were distributed in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware.

People who have purchased an affected product are advised to return it to where they purchased it for a full refund. Anyone with questions about the recall may contact the company at 718-392-3355.

Representative image of goji berries. Photo: Pixabay

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