AA USA Trading Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Sulfites and Colors in AA Brand Dried Kiwi and Dried Mango

AA USA Trading Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Sulfites and Colors in AA Brand Dried Kiwi and Dried Mango

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AA USA Trading Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Sulfites and Colors in AA Brand Dried Kiwi and Dried Mango
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For Immediate Release
January 22, 2016
Contact
Consumers
Mei Zhang
(732) 651-9948

Firm Press Release
AA USA Trading Inc. of South River, NJ is recalling is recalling both dried kiwi and dried mango products packaged under the AA brand in 8-ounce plastic bags, because they may contain undeclared sulfites and colors. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to sulfites or food colors run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.
The AA brand dried kiwi and dried mango products were sold in retail stores in New York and New Jersey beginning in July 2014.
The 8-ounce dried mango product was sold in a plastic bag printed in green and white with the letters “AA” and the “thumbs-up” symbol, labeled “Dried Tai Sweet Mango Slice,” UPC code 6944155210102.
The 8-ounce dried kiwi product was sold in a similar plastic bag printed in green and white with the letters “AA” and the “thumbs-up” symbol, labeled “Dried Kiwi Slice,” UPC code 6944155210041.
No illnesses have been reported to date. No complaints have been received. The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the dried kiwi and dried mango products containing sulfites was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of sulfites. Additionally, it was discovered that packaging did not declare the presence of colors FD&C Yellow # 6 in the dried mango product and both FD&C Yellow # 5 and FD&C Blue # 1 in the dried kiwi product. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by a temporary breakdown in the company’s packaging and labeling processes.
Consumers who have purchased AA brand dried kiwi or dried mango are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Mei Zhang (secretary) (732)-651-9948, Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm (Eastern Standard Time).

* We believe that none of the products being recalled were processed or offered through the national office.

* We strongly encourage you to notify your agencies within one business day from receipt of this notice.

* ALL cased and uncased inventories, both at the member level and agency level, need to be checked. This product may have entered member and agency warehouses through salvage, local donations, TEFAP, local purchases, retail pickups, food drives, or other avenues.

* For additional local details, please contact the Health Department(s) for the area(s) your food bank serves.
For full details on the recall, please visit: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm482960.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

If you have questions, please contact Wayne Melichar, Food Safety Manager, at [email protected] or 312.629.7263.