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					State Public Health Director issues warning about                                              Page 1 of 2




 John Schobert

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        March 24, 2008



            State Public Health Director issues warning about
          food borne illness linked to wheat gluten consumption
           Possible threat people allergic to wheat or have Celiac Disease; two cases
                                             reported

        SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Dr. Damon T. Arnold, state public health director, today issued a
        warning not to eat Hanaro Brand Mini Sized Sweet Rice Dumpling Skins due to possible
        contamination with wheat gluten.

        The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) received word about the product after an
        Illinois resident complained the product contained wheat when it was not listed in the
        ingredient statement nor was it listed as allergens are required. IDPH sampled the product
        and found it positive for wheat gluten.

        “To date there are two cases in Illinois of people becoming sick after eating this product,”
        said Dr. Arnold . “We advise consumers allergic to wheat or have celiac disease to throw
        away any of these sweet rice dumpling skins to avoid possible reaction. Anyone with wheat
        allergies or celiac disease who thinks they may have experienced symptoms of illness after
        eating this product are urged to contact their health care provider.”

        Celiac disease is a digestive disease that damages the small intestine and interferes with
        absorption of nutrients from food. People who have celiac disease cannot tolerate a protein
        called gluten, found in wheat, rye, and barley.



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     The product is manufactured in California and was shipped to a distributor in the Chicago
     area. The Chicago distributor, in turn, shipped a very limited amount of the product to a
     Super H Market, in Naperville . Although there were only 256 packages manufactured and
     all but 31 packages have been recovered, it is possible some packages could still be in
     consumer refrigerators. The packages of Hanaro Brand Mini Sized Sweet Rice Dumpling
     Skins have a UPC code of 703890203611 with an expiration/use by date of August 9 or
     September 9 in blue ink on the 8 oz. flexible plastic packaging.

     IDPH has been notified by the manufacturer that production has been permanently
     discontinued.




                                                    Illinois Department of Public Health
                                                    535 West Jefferson Street
                                                    Springfield, Illinois 62761
                                                    Phone 217-782-4977
                                                    Fax 217-782-3987
                                                    TTY 800-547-0466
                                                    Questions or Comments




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