October 26, 2016

USDA’s Catfish Inspection Program Stops Unsafe Shipment

A press release from Food & Water Watch states that last week, USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) stopped more than 40,000 pounds of unsafe catfish products from being imported into the United States from Vietnam. The shipment tested positive for malachite green, a drug that is banned for use in food animals in this country because it is potentially carcinogenic. Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch said in a statement, "since FSIS took over inspection of both domestic and imported siluriformes and catfish in April 2016, the agency has taken actions to protect consumers." In May 2016, a shipper from China refused to let FSIS inspect his shipment of catfish and was stopped from offloading the cargo. In June 2016, an importer was forced to … [Read more...]

Costco Warehouse Fails Food Safety Inspection in Florida

The Costco Warehouse at 10921 Causeway Boulevard in Brandon, Florida failed a Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services inspection this week. On Monday, December 14, 2015, food safety inspectors found enough problems in the "Club Demonstration Services" area that it was closed under a "Stop Use Order." Inspectors found live roaches in that area and in the food storage and ware-washing room. Several food items were removed from sale because they were being held at dangerous temperatures. Crab legs were being held at 55°F and sausages were being held at 46°F. Perishable foods must be held at 40°F or below so bacteria will not grow. In addition, inspectors found cross-contamination problems. Raw eggs were stored above almond milk in the dairy walk in cooler. Bacteria from … [Read more...]

Details of 2008 Inspection Report at Jeni’s Ice Cream Facility

The FDA has released two inspection reports on Jeni's Ice Cream facility in Missouri. A 2008 report found problems, as did a 2015 report. The Missouri Department of Agriculture found Listeria monocytogenes bacteria in Jeni's ice cream in April 2015, and the plant shut down to find the problem. The 2008 report found that plant managers did not take measures to exclude pests from the processing areas. Rodent pellets were found along the oven wall, in the dry food product storage area, and throughout the storage area. A live rodent on a glue trap was found next to the cleaning supply door. The plant did not have adequate screening or other protection against pests. There were "numerous holes in the exterior wall of the facility without screening to prevent pest access." Garage bay doors … [Read more...]

Kalle Imported Pork Products Recalled for Lack of Inspection

Kalle USA of Chicago is recalling approximately 168,473 pounds of pork products from Denmark that were not presented at the U.S. point of entry for inspection. Without the benefit of full inspection, a possibility of adverse health consequences exists. The recalled items, produced between Oct. 18, 2013 and Nov. 19, 2014, include: 2,976 - 44.10 lb. bags of “SCAN PORK DP-941 NATURAL DEHYDRATED PORK STOCK/NATIONAL DEHYDRATED PORK BROTH” with packaging codes “JJ820738638, JJ820860580, JJ82082258, JJ820889803 or JJ820645387” on the labels. 1 - 44.10 lb. bag of “SCAN PORK DP-1075 NATURAL DEHYDRATED PORK STOCK HOT SETTING” and bearing packing code “JJ820822580” on the label. And 800 – 44.10 lb. bags of “SCAN PORK FI-805 FRESH INJECTION PORK PROTEIN” and bearing packaging codes “JJ820670757 or … [Read more...]

Vigil’s Beef Jerky Recalled for Inspection Exemption

Vigil Beef Jerky of New Mexico is recalling about 48 pounds of beef jerky products because they were shipped with the mark of inspection when they were produced under a retail exemption. No reports of illness have been received to date. The recalled products are 1-ounce bags of “VIGIL’S BEEF JERKY CO. ORIGINAL BEEF JERKY” with package code “8121421210” and packaging date of “8/12/14”; 3-ounce bags of “VIGIL’S BEEF JERKY CO. TERIYAKI BEEF JERKY” with package code “8271427410” and packing date “8/27/14”; and 1-ounce, 3-ounce, and 6-ounce bags of “VIGIL’S BEEF JERKY CO. JALAPENO BEEF JERKY” with package code “09021425110”  and packaging date “9/2/14”. Also recalled are 1-ounce, 3-ounce, and 6-ounce packages of “VIGIL’S BEEF JERKY CO. ORIGINAL BEEF JERKY”  with package code “09031411110” … [Read more...]

USDA Publishes Final Poultry Slaughter Rule

On Thursday, July 31, 2014, the USDA published the final rule of the Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection, the highly controversial change in poultry slaughter plants that food and worker safety advocates deplore. That rule removes USDA inspectors from plants and replaces them with company employees, and increases slaughter line speeds from 140 birds per minute to 175. There was one change before the rule was released; the government decided to keep the maximum line speed at 140 birds per minute. The rule does require microbiological testing and establishes the New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS). Unfortunately, corporations can decide for themselves whether or not to participate in NPIS. Food & Water Watch executive director Wenonah Hauter said in a statement, "today, … [Read more...]

Liver Pâté Products Recalled for No Import Inspection

Sun Hing Foods of California is recalling about 1,282 pounds of Canadian liver pâté products that were produced without the benefit of full USDA inspection. This is a Public Health Alert because the product was not presented for inspection at the U.S. border. No reports of illness related to the consumption of these products has been reported. The recalled products are 2.75 ounce and 4.76 ounce packages of "FLOWER BRAND, LIVER PÂTÉ / PÂTÉ DE FOIE” with case code 215960. Also recalled is 4.76 ounce packages of "FORTUNE BRAND, LIVER SPREAD/ PÂTÉ DE FOIE” with case code "215960". The packages have the Canadian establishment number 265. They were distributed into commerce in Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, … [Read more...]

Mastro Meat Products Recalled for No Inspection

Santa Maria Foods of Ontario, Canada is recalling about 8,895 pounds of various meat products because they were made without full USDA inspection, according to the FSIS. A "remote possibility" of adverse health consequences exists. No reports of illness have been received to date. The recalled products are 11.1 ounce packages of Sopressata Salami with package code 2014AL30, 5.1 pound packages of MASTRO Milano Salami with package code 2014JN17, 5.3 pound packages of MASTRO Calabrese Salami Hot with package codes 2014JL08 or 2014JN17, and 8.4 pound packages of MASTRO Sopressata Round" with package code 2014JL22. Also recalled are 2.6 pound packages of MASTRO Sopressata Salami with package code 2014JL09, 13.3 pound packages of MASTRO Mortadella with Pistachios with package code 2014AL09, … [Read more...]

Rancho Feeding Corporation Recalls Unwholesome Meat Products

Rancho Feeding Corporation of California is recalling about 8,742,700 pounds of meat products because it processed "diseased and unsound animals and carried out these activities without the benefit or full benefit of federal inspection," according to the USDA. These products are adulterated because they are "unsound, unwholesome or otherwise are unfit for human food and must be removed from commerce." The products include "Beef Carcasses" (wholesale and custom sales only), 2 per box "Beef (Market) Heads" (retail only), 4 gallons per box "Beef Blood" (wholesale only), 20 pound boxes of "Beef Oxtail", and 30 pound boxes of "Beef Cheeks." Also recalled are 30 pound boxes of "Beef Lips", 30 pound boxes of "Beef Omasum", 30 pound boxes of "Beef Tripas" and 30 pound boxes of "Mountain … [Read more...]

Rancho Recall of Beef Products for No Inspection Expands

The recall of beef products from Rancho Feeding Corporation for lack of inspection has expanded. In addition to the products previously recalled, the company has added 420 pounds of 30 pound boxes of "Book Tripe" to the recall. Earlier this week, about 41,683 pounds of meat products were recalled because they were not inspected by the USDA. All products have the establishment number "EST. 527" inside the USDA mark of inspection. Each box has the case code number "ON9O4". The products were made on January 8, 2014, and shipped to distribution centers and retail establishments in California. The problem was discovered as a result of an ongoing investigation. FSIS thinks the company made product without full ante-morten inspection as required by federal regulations. No reports of illness … [Read more...]

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