Aytac Dried Apricots Recall – Might Cause Sulphites Sensitivity

Food Standards Agency Bulletin:

Aytac Foods has withdrawn packs of its Dried Apricots and Golden Jumbo Raisins with a ‘best before end’ date up to and including December 2011, because the products contain sulphur dioxide, which is not mentioned the product labels. This makes the products a possible health risk for anyone who is sensitive to sulphites.food allergens

The Agency has issued an Allergy Alert. Anyone who is sensitive to sulphites is advised not to eat these products.

The withdrawn products are:

Product: Aytac Dried Apricots
Best before end: All date codes up to and including December 2011
Pack size: 250g
Product: Aytac Golden Jumbo Raisins
Best before end: All date codes up to December 2011
Pack size: 250g

Aytac Foods has withdrawn the affected products from sale and contacted the relevant allergy support organisations. Point-of-sale notices have been issued in stores that sell the products, explaining to consumers why the products have been withdrawn. Anyone who has bought an affected product can return to the store for a full refund or exchange.

People who are sensitive to sulphites may experience the following symptoms:

1) Anaphylaxis, may include breathing difficulties, a drop in blood pressure, loss of consciousness and even death.
2) Headaches
3) Anxiety, distress, faintness, paleness and weakness.
4) Trouble breathing, speaking or swallowing.
5) Gastrointestinal: Anywhere between where food goes in to where it goes out, including cramps, gas, diarrhea and vomiting.
6) Flushed face, hives, rash and itchiness.
7) Drop in blood pressure, rapid heart beat and loss of consciousness.
8) Swollen eyes, face, lips, throat and/or tongue


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