Public Health Alert: Residents should avoid consuming kimchi products from Yim’s Produce and Seafood

by | Jan 18, 2023

Jan. 18, 2023. Reno/Sparks, Nev. – The Washoe County Health District (WCHD) is issuing a public health alert for residents who purchased or consumed kimchi products from Yim’s Produce and Seafood in Sparks, Nevada, due to the products being distributed without benefit of inspection.

The kimchi products in question:

  • Have manufacture dates between Dec. 1, 2022, and Jan. 13, 2023
  • Whole/Sliced Kimchi in 1/4-gallon, 1/2-gallon and 1-gallon containers

The products included in this alert are considered adulterated because they were produced without the benefit of inspection and food safety protocols were not able to be verified. The products were manufactured in a facility that did not have a permit for this activity.

The kimchi products were delivered to various restaurants in Washoe County and sold at the retail store at 1210 Rock Blvd., in Sparks. Consumers or retailers who have purchased the products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

No reports of illness involving these products have been reported. Individuals exhibiting signs or symptoms of foodborne illness should contact a health care provider immediately.

A voluntarily recall was initiated by the company on Jan. 14, 2023; however, WCHD was unable to verify the effectiveness of the recall. It was determined that the defective product could still be in the hands of retail food establishments throughout Washoe County.

Consumers with food safety questions can call 775-328-2434, option #8, or send a question via email to For more information on the Health District food safety program, go to our website.

The Washoe County Health District is nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board and has jurisdiction over all public health matters in Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County through the policy-making Washoe County District Board of Health. The District consists of five divisions: Administrative Health Services, Air Quality Management, Community and Clinical Health Services, Environmental Health Services and Epidemiology & Public Health Preparedness. More info can be found here.