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World Variety Produce, Inc. Recalls Kimchi Hot Because of Possible Health Risk

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Product Type:
Food & Beverages
Reason for Announcement:
Recall Reason Description
Undeclared Fish
Company Name:
World Varity Produce, Inc.
Brand Name:
Brand Name(s)
World Varity Produce, Inc.
Product Description:
Product Description
Melissa’s Hot Kimchi

Company Announcement

‘A previous version of this press release was issued on 12/22/2023. This press release was updated to include the number of cases included in the recall and identify the Best By Date being recalled.’.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - December 22, 2023 - World Variety Produce, Inc. of Los Angeles, CA is recalling Melissa's Kimchi Hot 14 oz, because of mislabeling of allergen ingredient "Fish" was not listed in the ingredient panel within the allergen information panel. Food allergic reactions vary in severity from mild symptoms involving hives and lip swelling to severe, life-threatening symptoms, often called anaphylaxis, that may involve fatal respiratory problems and shock.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The affected Kimchi Hot 14 oz were isolated to 124 cases from Best By Date 03-15-2024 product of USA.

This recall extends only to Sun International stores in Florida,, Brookshire Brothers stores in Texas, OK Produce - Grocery Outlet in California. The affected Melissa's Kimchi Hot 14oz were sold from bulk displays between the dates of December 15, 2023 through December 21, 2023.

The recall was as the result of an internal finding of an product artwork review by Melissa's Design/Artwork department which revealed that the printed artwork was mislabeled and did not have an allergen listing of "Fish". World Variety Produce, Inc. has ceased the production and distribution of the product as FDA, World Variety Produce, Inc. continues their investigation as to what caused the issue.

Consumers who have purchased the affected Kimchi Hot 14 oz listed above are asked to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact World Variety Produce, Inc. at 1-800-588-0151 Monday through Friday between 6:00 am and 5:00 pm Pacific Standard Time.

Company Contact Information

Robert Schueller
1-888-588-0151 ext.259

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