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Department of Health issues voluntary recall warning for Tim Heung Yuen Black Melon Seeds due to undeclared allergens

Posted on July 20, 2023 in Newsroom

HONOLULU, HI – The Food and Drug Branch of the Hawai’i State Department of Health (DOH) is informing residents of the voluntary recall of Richin Trading Inc. on its 6- and 12-ounce packages of Tim Heung Yuen Black Melon Seeds distributed at Pacific Supermarket in WaipahÅ« and H Mart in Pearl City. The product is being recalled because it may contain undeclared soy and wheat allergens that are not listed on the product label.

People with a severe allergy or sensitivity to soy may be at risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume the product. Symptoms of an allergic reaction to soy include hives, stomach cramps, indigestion, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, throat tightness, coughing, itching, eczema and/or anaphylaxis.

Likewise, people with a severe allergy or sensitivity to wheat may be at risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume the product. Possible symptoms of an allergic reaction to wheat include hives and swelling, rash, stomach cramps, indigestion, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, stuffy nose, stuffy nose, sneezing, headache, wheezing, inflammation and/or anaphylaxis.

Both soy and wheat allergies can cause anaphylaxis, a reaction that narrows the airways and makes breathing difficult. Symptoms of anaphylaxis include swelling or tightness in the throat, severe drop in blood pressure, increased heart rate, chest pain or tightness, rapid pulse, shock, severe difficulty breathing, trouble swallowing, light blue skin color and/or dizziness or weakness.

A consumer with an allergy or severe sensitivity to soy or wheat should contact their health care provider. If a consumer shows signs of anaphylaxis, immediately administer an epinephrine autoinjector (ie, EpiPen, Auvi-Q, etc.) and call 911 or your local emergency number because anaphylaxis is a medical emergency that requires immediate care.

According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), no allergic reactions or illnesses associated with the affected product have been reported to date.

The UPC codes and relevant packaging photos are listed below:

UPC codes
715685190013 715685190020

Consumers who purchased this product are advised to throw it away or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. For more information, consumers may call Richin Trading Inc. at 1-626-308-3212 Monday through Friday between 9 am and 5 pm PST.

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