sulfites in tuna
Tanya Andrea Balekian
tab24 at csufresno.edu
Fri Mar 14 11:53:02 PST 1997
Wow! how interesting to read this. I had a friend about 7 months ago who
ate tuna all the time in preparation for a fitness cometition. She was
asthmatic, but not bad. She always developed breathing problems within
about 30 minutes of finishing her meals, which for about 1 month consisted
of at least 2 or 3 cans of tuna per day. She thought it was a weather
change or she was going through a new phase of asthma.
Thanks for posting that Tanya B.
On Fri, 14 Mar 1997, Debbie McClurg-Hitt wrote:
> FDA TALK PAPER
> Food and Drug Administration
> U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
> Public Health Service 5600 Fishers Lane Rockville, MD
> T97-13 Arthur Whitmore (202) 205-4144
> March 7, 1997 Broadcast Media: (301) 827-3434
> Consumer Hotline: (800) 532-4440
> FDA WARNS ASTHMATICS, OTHER SULFITE-SENSITIVE
> CONSUMERS ON TUNA
> FDA today warned sulfite-sensitive asthmatics and other
> sulfite-sensitive consumers that canned tuna products may
> contain undeclared sulfites. The National Food Processors
> Association and the U.S. tuna industry yesterday advised
> the agency that most white
> (albacore) tuna and a limited amount of light tuna contain
> sulfites not declared on the product labels.
> Sulfite-sensitive asthmatics and other sulfite-sensitive
> individuals should not consume at this time any white
> (albacore) canned tuna, and should check with the industry's
> information number, 800-283-1112, for specific information
> about the presence of sulfites in albacore and light canned
> tuna products.
> Sulfites can cause serious and life-threatening reactions
> in certain asthmatics and other sulfite-sensitive individuals.
> The undeclared sulfites in canned tuna do not present a risk
> to individuals who are not asthmatic or otherwise sulfite
> Sulfites and sulfiting agents are added to many food
> products as preservatives. Food manufacturers who add
> detectable levels of sulfites to food products are required to
> declare its presence on product labels.
> The National Food Processors Association and the U.S.
> Foundation yesterday informed FDA that sulfites have been
> added to a significant proportion of canned tuna products
> inadvertently and without manufacturers' knowledge. The
> sulfites apparently were contained but not declared in a raw
> material -- hydrolyzed vegetable protein -- which is added to
> the tuna to enhance flavor.
> The industry has informed FDA it has now discontinued
> use of raw materials containing sulfites.
> FDA and the industry are cooperating in notifying
> asthmatics and other sulfite-sensitive individuals across the
> country of the presence of undeclared sulfites in canned tuna
> products. The industry has agreed to place advertisements
> in newspapers informing sulfite-sensitive consumers of the
> problem. It has also alerted the National Food Allergy
> Network to aid in the effort to communicate information to
> susceptible individuals. In addition, manufacturers will
> relabel canned tuna currently containing sulfites with stickers
> declaring its presence.
> FDA is investigating in cooperation with industry to
> determine how the problem occurred and how it can be
> prevented from recurring.
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