December 6, 2001Melissa's World Variety Produce Recalls
Vemon, CA (SafetyAlerts)
- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that Melissa's World Variety
3 ounce packages of Melissa's Crystallized Ginger because it contains
undeclared sulfites. People who have allergies or a severe sensitivity to
sulfites run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if
they consume these products.
The recalled Melissa's Crystallized Ginger was distributed in East Coast
retail stores in the states of New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania and
through mail orders nationwide. The product was distributed to the stores
from November 15 to December 3, 2001, and is marked with lot #156-69-606. No
expiration date is on the containers.
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.
The recall was initiated after sampling by the New York State Department of
Agriculture and Markets discovered that the sulfite-containing product was
distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of sulfites.
Consumers who have purchased packages of Melissa's Crystallized Ginger are
urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers
with questions may contact Melissa's Customer Service or Food Safety
Melissa's/World Variety Produce
5325 S. Soto St.
Vemon, CA 90058