Last updated on 25 March 2013
Bodrum dried fruit products withdrawn
Gima UK Ltd has withdrawn various Bodrum branded dried fruit products because they contain sulphites which are not mentioned on the label. The Agency has issued an Allergy Alert.
Gima UK Ltd has withdrawn all batch and date codes, up to and including the 'best before' date 14 January 2014, of the following products:
- Bodrum Diced Mango, 250g
- Bodrum Diced Papaya, 250g
- Bodrum Dried Apricot, 250g
- Bodrum Golden Jumbo Raisins, 250g
- Bodrum Golden Medium Raisins, 250g
- Bodrum Halved Apricot, 250g
- Bodrum Natural Dried Apricot, 250g
- Bodrum Pineapple Rings, 250g
- Bodrum Diced Pineapple, 250g
- Bodrum Sultana Raisins, 250g
- Bodrum Brown Jumbo Raisins, 250g
Some people with asthma are sensitive to sulphites and relatively small amounts may trigger an asthma attack. If you’re allergic or sensitive to sulphites, please do not eat these products but return them to the nearest store so that it can be refunded or exchanged instead.
Customer notices will be displayed in stores, alerting customers to the withdrawal. The company will also contact the relevant allergy support organisations which will inform their at-risk members of the withdrawal.
The products will be re-labelled with the correct allergen information.
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Science behind the story
Sulphites are used as preservatives in a wide range of foods, in particular soft drinks, sausages, burgers, and dried fruit and vegetables. These additives maintain food colour and prolong shelf-life by preventing the growth of micro-organisms.
When the gas sulphur dioxide is dissolved in a liquid, such as wine, it is known as sulphites.
Sulphur dioxide is produced naturally when wine and beer are made and it is often added to wine to stop it from continuing to ferment in the bottle. Usually, most of the ‘head space’ in a bottle of wine (the part of the bottle not filled with wine) is sulphur dioxide.
Some people who have asthma may react to inhaling sulphur dioxide. A very few people with asthma have had an attack after drinking acidic drinks (such as fruit-based drinks) containing sulphites, but this is not thought to be very common.