Pork bellies and frozen meats recalled in separate incidents

by MEAT+POULTRY Staff
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A lack of import inspection and undeclared allergens caused the recalls.
 
WASHINGTON – The US Dept. of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on Aug. 26 the recall of approximately 15,092 lbs. of frozen beef, chicken and pork products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens by Oakland, California-based Blossom Foods, LLC.

The assorted meat and poultry items were produced from Aug. 23, 2016, to Aug. 23, 2017, and bear an expiration date that is one year from the date of packaging. The following products are subject to recall:

6.6-lb. case of “Barbequed Beef, Corn, Baked Beans”

5.5-lb. case of “Barbeque Beef”

10-lb. case of “Savory Beef”

5.5-lb. case of “Sesame chicken

10-lb. case of “Spanish Beef”

5.5-lb. case of “Barbeque Pork”

5.5-lb. case of “Breakfast Sausage”

10-lb. case of “Beef”

6.5-lb. case of “Chicken and Dumplings, Peas, Rutabaga”

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 51200” or “P-51200” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to institutional locations in California and Ohio.

FSIS Inspection Program personnel observed that the establishment utilizes a soy protein concentrate in the production of several products on Aug. 22, 2017, but the finished product labels do not declare soy. Some of the same products also contain wheat flour and wheat is not declared on the finished product labels.

Also on Aug. 26, Ronald A. Chisholm, Ltd., a Toronto, Ontario, establishment, issued a recall of approximately 12,169 lbs. of skinless pork belly products that were not presented at the US point of entry for inspection. Without the benefit of full inspection, a possibility of adverse health consequences exists.

The products were produced and packaged from June 27, 2017, to July 20, 2017. The following products are subject to recall:

Approximately 40-lb. cardboard box containing “FLANC PORC, PORK BELLY.”

The products subject to recall bear case code “815157” and establishment number “10” inside the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) mark of inspection. These items were shipped to restaurants in Hawaii.

FSIS found the problem on Aug. 23, 2017, while conducting routine failure to present monitoring activities. FSIS discovered the shipment of skinless pork belly products had entered the US from Canada on or about July 29, 2017, and did not receive import inspection. The products were distributed to single distributor and three federal establishments.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of either of the products recalled. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.  
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