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Packages of dry dates distributed in Florida recalled due to high sulfite content

Posted at 12:03 PM, Oct 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-24 12:03:48-04

(CNN) -- Shivam Distributors of Longwood, Florida, is recalling packages of Parivar brand dry dates because they contain high sulfite content, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on Wednesday.

Sulfites are preservatives that can cause symptoms including itchiness, upset stomach, headache, stiffness, diarrhea, cough, nausea and weakness, according to the announcement on the FDA website .

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The product was distributed throughout Florida and sold at grocery stores between May and October, the recall says. The recall impacts 7-ounce and 14-ounce packages of the dried fruit with the batch number 125/BIBT. The recalled packages have the UPC number 879111001844 or 879111001226.

The recall came after surveillance testing done by the Florida Department of Agriculture revealed high sulfite content in the 7-ounce pacakges. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the recall, according to the FDA notice.

Consumers can return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund.

This isn't the first time this product has been recalled because of high sulfite content. In June, the 14-ounce packages of dry dates from the same company were recalled after random testing by Florida Department of Agriculture revealed high sulfite content. That recalled product had been distributed in parts of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.


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