Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Allergy Alert: Frozen Shrimp From China

The Georgia Department of Agriculture is alerting consumers to the presence of undeclared sulfites in frozen shrimp imported from China.

The sulfites were detected in Sea Best brand "10 Raw Shrimp Skewers", distributed by Beaver Street Fisheries Inc. (Jacksonville, FL). The problem was found as a result of routine sampling on the part of the Georgia Department of Agriculture.

While sulfites are not allergens, they can provoke an allergic type response in sensitive individuals. People who are sensitive to sulfites should not consume this seafood product.

The state has alerted FDA to their findings, and state sanitarians are making the rounds of retailers to ensure that the mislabeled shrimp are removed from sale.

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