California company recalls dried lilly flowers

Tuesday, December 28th 2004, 6:58 am
By: News On 6

WASHINGTON (AP) _ A California company is recalling dried lilly flowers because their labels failed to disclose that the product may contain sulfites, which can be deadly to those allergic to them.

Wei Chuan USA of Bell Gardens, Calif., said Monday it was recalling its Wei Chuan brand of Dried Lilly Flower, which was distributed nationwide in retail stores. It is packaged in 6-ounce plastic bags and marked with ``PRODUCT OF CHINA'' on the back. There are no code dates on the packing.

The recall was initiated after routine sampling by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Food Safety found the sulfites in a product from the same source in China.

Consumption of 10 milligrams of sulfites in a serving can cause severe reaction in asthmatics. Anaphylactic shock can occur in people who are sensitive to sulfite if they ingest 10 milligrams or more.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

Consumers who have bought this product should return it to the place of purchase for a refund, or for more information call the company at 323-587-6241, ext. 236.