Turkana Food Inc. Recalls “Turkana Valley” Brand Dried Apricots

November 16, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - November 14, 2012 - 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.
*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/ucm328221.htm?source=govdelivery

If you have questions, please contact Wayne Melichar, Food Safety Manager, at wmelichar@feedingamerica.org or 312.629.7263.


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