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Explosive Chili Sauce Spurs Advisory

January 12, 2000

HONOLULU (AP) _ The state Department of Health has raised a red flag about a locally popular hot sauce.

Health officials said certain batches of Tuong Ot Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce can splatter upon opening, irritating the eyes and other mucous membranes that come into contact with it. One injury has been reported.

The problem is a result of excessive gas production within the 17-ounce and 28-ounce plastic bottles, the department said Tuesday. The sauce is made by Huy Fong Foods Inc. of Rosemead, Calif.

Consumers were advised to discard unopened bottles of the sauce bearing the codes H9TM, H9TA, H9TX, H9TW or H9TY, or to return the bottles to stores where they were purchased.

Huy Fong Foods voluntarily recalled the sauce in September because the garlic used to make it began to ferment and form gases that pressurized the contents of the bottle, health officials said.

Authorities said they continue to find recalled bottles still in stores, prompting Tuesday’s health advisory.

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