December 3, 2022

Valrhona Sosa Albuwhip Egg Product Recalled For Illegal Import

Valrhona Sosa Albuwhip, an egg white product, is being recalled because it was imported from Italy, a country that is not eligible to export egg products to the United States. About 66 pounds of this product is included. No illnesses or adverse reactions have been reported to the company to date in connection with this issue. The recalling firm is Valrhona Inc. of Brooklyn, New York. The dried albumin egg products were produced in Italy on February 2, 2022, March 18, 2022, June 17, 2022, and July 19, 2022. The recalled product is 1.1 pound plastic containers containing Valrhona Sosa Albuwhip. The lot codes of LALB22033, LALB22077, LALB22168 or LALB22200 are printed on the label. The egg whites were shipped to locations in California, Florida, Nevada, and New York. The problem was … [Read more...]

Senator Jon Tester Introduces Bill to Suspend Beef Imports From Brazil

United States Senator Jon Tester (D-Montana) has introduced a bill to suspend beef imports from Brazil after there have been repeated issues with delayed reporting of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), or Mad Cow Disease, in beef products. The legislation would force a systemic review of the beef's safety before imports could resume. Tester said in a statement, "Montanans demand the highest level of safety and certainty in their beef, and Brazilian imports aren’t making the cut. Folks expect their beef to have been rigorously tested against the strictest of standards, and concerns about Brazilian imports not only jeopardize consumer trust, but present a serious risk to Montana producers. We owe it to our domestic producers and consumers to halt Brazilian imports until we can … [Read more...]

Canada Imposes Import Restrictions on Romaine Imported From CA

Canada imposes import restrictions on romaine lettuce imported from one growing area in California again, after several outbreaks of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses linked to that product. The requirements target one geographical area in that state: the counties of Santa Cruz, Santa Cara, San Benito, and Monterey in the Salinas Valley. Canada imports romaine lettuce from the Salinas Valley area in California during the months of September through December. Since romaine lettuce has been linked to many E. coli outbreaks over the past few years, it can be considered a risky food, especially for people who are at higher risk for complications from this type of infection. The Canadian 2020 import restrictions seemed to work last year. There were no outbreaks linked to or associated with … [Read more...]

Rong Shing Trading Recalls Chinese Hot Pot Base For Ineligible Products

Rong Shing Trading of Brooklyn, New York, doing business as Double R Trading Inc. is recalling about 3,365 pounds of Rong Shing Trading Chinese Hot Pot Base because the product contains beef tallow imported from the People's Republic of China, which is a country ineligible to export beef to the United States. No confirmed reports of adverse reactions have been received by the company to date in connection with the consumption of these products. The Rong Shing Trading Chinese hot pot base products were imported on or around February 14, 2020. These are the recalled products: 450 gram Plastic vacuum wrapped packages containing a “Lee’s 52° Da Zhuang” Hot Pot Base and a Sell By date of January 29, 2022 that is printed on the label. 300 gram Plastic vacuum wrapped packages … [Read more...]

Lee’s Hot Pot Base Recalled For Ineligible Beef Products

BC Food LA, LLC of South El Monte, California, doing business as B & C Food Co. is recalling about 1,643 pounds of Lee's Hot Pot Base, which is Chinese style hot pot base product, that contain beef tallow. The tallow was imported from the People's Republic of China, a country that is ineligible to export beef to the United States. There have been no reports of adverse reactions reported to the company to date in connection with the consumption of these products. The recalled items were imported on or around June 24, 2020. They include: 10.5-ounce (300 gram) Plastic vacuum wrapped packages containing a “Lee’s 52° Da Zhuang” Hot Pot Base and a best before date of 10/12/2021 on the label. 10.5-ounce (300 gram) Plastic vacuum wrapped packages containing a “Lee’s 45° Da Zhuang” … [Read more...]

Rep. DeLauro Sends Letter to USDA Expressing Concern Over Chinese Chicken

Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) has written a letter to Sonny Perdue, the Secretary of the USDA, expressing concern over reports suggesting that the government is planning to let China export its own poultry products to the United States. Food safety and consumer advocates have long opposed such a move to import Chinese chicken, citing serious food safety concerns about food from that country and many deadly outbreaks that have occurred there. According to the letter, Chinas General Administration of Customs Under Secretary met with a Chinese deputy director to discuss agricultural trade. DeLauro states, "given China's longstanding and well documented food safety problems, it is appalling to me that officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection … [Read more...]

Canada Restricts Poultry Imports from US for HPAI

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has placed restrictions on poultry imports from the United States because of the highly pathogenic avian influence (HPAI) outbreak in that country. All raw poultry and poultry products and by-products that are not fully cooked, including eggs and raw pet foods, that are sourced, processed, or packaged from these states are under restriction. The states include: California, Nebraska, Idaho, North Dakota, Indiana, Oregon, Iowa, South Dakota, Kansas, Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Missouri. Arkansas and Montana were on the list, but those states are now free of HAPI and imports are permitted. Restricted items include live birds, hatching eggs, eggs, yolks, egg whites, poultry meat, raw pet foods containing poultry products, feathers, … [Read more...]

Food & Water Watch Denounces Beef Imports from Brazil and Argentina

Food & Water Watch is denouncing beef imports from Brazil and Argentina. Executive Director Wenonah Hauter released a statement about the USDA lifting restrictions on these imports. Those countries have "a history of the deadly disease of foot and mouth disease in animal herds." There has not been a case of FMD in the United States since 1929. Members of Congress ask that the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) study these rules. That has not been done. The process was rushed, since the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) can take up to 90 days to review "significant" rules. Hauter states, "Brazil and Argentina have checkered food safety records, as USDA has been forced on several occasions to suspend imports of products currently eligible to come into the U.S. for … [Read more...]

Tell USDA No Apples from China

The USDA this summer proposed to amend the fruits and vegetables regulations to allow the import of fresh apples from China into the United States. the only condition is that apples from areas in China where the Oriental fruit fly is not known to exist would include special rules. Those rules would include registration of places of production, inspection for quarantine pests and bagging of fruit and treating the apples with fumigation and refrigeration. All apples from China must be accompanied by a "phytosanitary certificate" stating that all conditions for importation of apples have been met. Food & Water Watch opposes this rule, stating that "the proposed approach for managing the threat of quarantine pests would increase the volume of imported apples that should be inspected … [Read more...]

Chinese Meat Plant Implicated in Food Safety Scandal

According to Food & Water Watch, Shanghai Husi Foods Company, a meat plant in China, is implicated in a Chinese food safety scandal. That plant passed USDA audits in 2004 and 2010. This is a problem because last year the USDA decided to let chicken processed in China be exported to the United States. Food & Water Watch has sent a letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, asking him to stop all activities that would "pave the way for China to export their poultry products to the U.S."  Shanghai Husi Foods sold expired meat and poultry products to Chinese fast food restaurants and exported some of those foods to Japan. Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch said in a statement, "it has been nearly a decade since China made its initial request to send its … [Read more...]

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