Turkana Food Inc. of Kenilworth, NJ is recalling 250g (8.82oz) and 500g (17.63oz) containers of Turkish “Turkana Valley” dried apricots because they were found to contain undeclared sulfites as preservatives. People who have sensitivities to sulfites run the risk of serious life-threatening reaction if they consume this product.
The recalled “Turkana Valley” dried apricots product of Turkey was distributed to retail stores in the northeast.
The products come in a plastic package 250g (8.82oz) and 500g (17.63oz) with an orange and black colored label with the following expiration and code information.
- 250G (8.82oz) PLASTIC CONTAINER / LOT# 11-4 / EXP DATE 2-2013 / UPC# 8692594007804
- 500G (17.63oz) PLASTIC CONTAINER / LOT# 11-3 / EXP DATE 2-2013 / UPC# 8692594007811
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.
The recall was initiated because NYSDAM found undeclared, high sulfite levels in the dried apricots during routine product sampling. It was discovered that the sulfites containing product was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of sulfites as preservatives. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by a temporary breakdown in the company’s production and packaging processes.
The FDA is aware of this recall by Turkana Food Inc. Turkana Food Inc. will take the necessary measures to recall the products.
Already steps have been taken to quarantine the product in our warehouse. In addition, we will contact customers to inform them that they need to pull this recalled product “Turkana Valley” dried apricots 250g (8.82oz) and 500g (17.63oz), off their shelves and keep them in their storage room until we collect them.
Consumers who have purchased packages of “Turkana Valley” dried apricots are urged to destroy or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (908) 810-8800. Business hours are Monday through Friday 7am – 5pm EST, and Saturday 8am – 4pm EST.