Deshi Distributors, out of Jamaica, New York, is recalling 3.5, seven and 14 ounce packages of Deshi Golden Raisins because they contain undeclared sulfites. Occurring both naturally and as a food additive, sulfites can trigger allergic reactions that produce an itchy throat and hives, as well as more serious asthmatic-like symptoms. The raisins were distributed in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Michigan through retail stores.
No illness or allergic reactions have been reported to date. The recall was initiated after routine sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Food Inspector, as well as subsequent analysis by Food Laboratory personnel revealed the presence of sulfites that were not declared on the label.