Recall of pork result of food-safety procedure issue

by Meat&Poultry Staff
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 WASHINGTON – Autentico Foods, Hawaiian Gardens, Calif., is recalling approximately 54,000 lbs. of ready-to-eat pork products after the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service charged the company did not produce in accordance with its food-safety plan, failing to take the steps it had determined were necessary to produce safe products.

A review of company records by FSIS in-plant inspection personnel discovered the problem. The review uncovered evidence showing the establishment’s food-safety records cannot be relied upon to document compliance with its Listeria prerequisite program. As a result, FSIS was forced to consider the products to be adulterated and has acted to remove the products from commerce.

The following pork products bear the establishment number "EST 31810" inside the mark of inspection and are subject to recall: 

  • 10-lb. boxes of "Autentico Foods Corp. Chicarron Bellie Grueso Fried Pork Bellies Thick."
  • 5-oz. bags of "Autentico Foods Chicharron Delgado Fried Pork Skins."
  • 8-oz. bags of "Autentico Foods Chicharron Delgado Fried Pork Skins."
  • 7-oz. bags of "Autentico Foods Chicharron Cracklin Fried Pork Cracklin."

The pre-mentioned fried pork products have production dates of May 8, 2010, through Sept. 29, 2010, appearing as "050810" through "092910" printed on each package. They were distributed to retail establishments in California.

  • 7-oz. jars of "Autentico Foods Cueritos En Vinagre Pickled Pork Skins."
  • 15-oz. jars of "Autentico Foods Cueritos En Vinagre Pickled Pork Skins."
  • 2-lb. jars of "Autentico Foods Cueritos En Vinagre Pickled Pork Skins."
  • 5-lb. jars of "Autentico Foods Cueritos En Vinagre Pickled Pork Skins."
  • 11-lb. jars of "Autentico Foods Cueritos En Vinagre Pickled Pork Skins."
  • 4-lb. jars of "Autentico Foods Cueritos En Vinagre Pickled Pork Skins."
  • 4-oz. pouches of "Autentico Foods Cueritos En Vinagre Pickled Pork Skins."

These pre-mentioned pickled pork skin products bear lot numbers "09410X" through "23810X," where "X" may be replaced with a numeral 1 through 5, printed on each container. They were distributed to retail establishments in California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Nevada, New York, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah.

There have been no reports of illnesses to FSIS associated with the consumption of these products.

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