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NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
Office of Communications
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Sandra Mullin/Greg Butler
Friday, September 20, 2002
(212) 788-5290
(877) 640-1347

NEW YORKERS ALLERGIC TO NUTS
ADVISED TO AVOID FOODS WITH BRAND NAMES
"GAJAR HALWA," "BESAN BURFEE,"
AND "BUKHARA SWEETS MIX"


The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) advised New Yorkers allergic to nuts to avoid food products with the brand names "Gajar Halwa" (a carrot-based sweet), "Besan Burfee" (a diced cake product), and "Bukhara Sweets Mix" (mix of assorted candies) because labels on these products do not list pistachios and almonds as ingredients. People with allergies to nuts are at risk of serious or potentially life threatening allergic reactions if they consume these products.

The "Gajar Halwa" and "Besan Burfee" were known to be sold in Queens, the "Bukhara Sweets" in Brooklyn. DOHMH will obtain complete distribution lists of the products, and monitor their recall.

No illnesses have been reported in connection with these products.

The unlabeled nuts were detected after routine sampling conducted by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. Follow up inspections by DOHMH confirmed these findings, and inspectors destroyed remaining stocks of the nut-containing products in the stores.

Consumers with allergies to nuts who have purchased either "Gajar Halwa," "Besan Burfee," or "Bukhara Sweets" are advised to discard the product, or return them to the location of purchase. Anyone allergic to nuts that consumed these products should contact their doctor. As is customary, any New Yorker concerned about a possible poisoning or an allergic reaction of any sort can call the City's Poison Control Center at (212) POISONS [(212) 764-7667].

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