World Variety Produce, Inc. Voluntarily Recalls Italian Pine Nuts Because of Possible Health Risk

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For Immediate Release

November 6, 2015



Customer Care


Robert Schueller, Director of Public Relations
Robert Schueller

Firm Press Release

World Variety Produce, Inc. of Los Angeles, CA is voluntarily recalling Italian Pine Nuts 2oz and 3oz, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever,diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Italian Pine Nuts were distributed through retailers in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

Recalled Italian Pine Nuts can be identified by the following descriptions:

Melissa’s Italian Pine Nuts
Brand Melissa’s Italian Pine Nuts
Packaging 2oz (57g) Plastic Bag
UPC Code 0-45255-14351-5
Use By Date (located on back panel) 09.14.2016
Batch Code (located on back panel) 15CNP10
Wegmans Italian Classics Pine Nuts 3oz
Brand Wegmans Italian Classics Pine Nuts
Packaging 3oz (85g) Square Plastic Tub
UPC Code 0-77890-24823-2
Best Used By Date (located on bottom of tub) 041016, 041716

The recall was a result of a routine random sampling program by the FDA which revealed that the finished products contained the bacteria. The company has ceased the production and distribution of the product as the FDA and World Variety Produce, Inc. continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.

Consumers who have purchased Melissa’s Italian Pine Nuts 2oz & Wegmans Italian Classics Pine Nuts 3oz are urged to destroy and dispose of recalled product. Consumers with questions may contact the company at or call 1-800-588-0151, Mon-Fri 6:00 AM–6:00 PM PST.


Product Photos

  • Melissa’s Italian Pine Nuts, 2oz.
  • Melissa’s Italian Pine Nuts, 2oz. coding location
  • Wegman’s Italian Classics Pine Nuts, 3oz.
  • Wegman’s Italian Classics Pine Nuts, 3oz. coding location

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