USDA’s FSIS: Sentry Foods of Tucker, Ga recalls 21,570 pounds of frozen chicken

WASHINGTON, 2016-Aug-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sentry Foods, a Tucker, Ga. establishment, is recalling approximately 21,570  pounds of frozen chicken entrées  that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically glass or hard plastic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today (Aug 25, 2016).

The frozen chicken entrée items were produced and packaged on March 17, March 18, April 30, and May 13, 2016. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF Only)]

  • 10-oz. tray pack in box of Saffron Road “LEMONGRASS BASIL CHICKEN WITH BASMATI RICE” with a “Best By” date of “08-19-2017” and lot number 0219-00207-016.
  • 10-oz. tray pack in box of Saffron Road “LEMONGRASS BASIL CHICKEN WITH BASMATI RICE” with a “Best By” date of “10-29-2017” and lot number 0429-00258-016.
  • 10-oz. tray pack in box of Saffron Road “LEMONGRASS BASIL CHICKEN WITH BASMATI RICE” with a “Best By” date of “10-29-2017” and lot number 0429-00207-016.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. P-19031” inside the USDA mark of inspection or printed on the side of the container. These items were shipped to retail locations in Indiana, Texas, and Pennsylvania.

The problem was discovered through consumer complaints reported to the company who then contacted FSIS. No injuries were reported with the complaints.

FSIS has received no confirmed reports of injury or illness from consumption of these products.  Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact John William Morris, Assistant Vice President, at (470) 268-8440. Media with questions about the recall can contact John Conard, Director of Quality, at (470) 286-8440.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

USDA Recall Classifications
Class I This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
Class III This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.

Contact:

Congressional and Public Affairs
Gabrielle N. Johnston
(202) 720-9113
Press@fsis.usda.gov

Source: USDA

FSIS: Canyon Creek Soup Co. recalls meatball soup products that were not presented at the U.S. point of entry for inspection

WASHINGTON, 2016-Feb-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Canyon Creek Soup Co., an Edmonton, AB, Canada establishment, is recalling approximately 7,275 pounds of meatball soup products that were not presented at the U.S. point of entry for inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. Without the benefit of full inspection, a possibility of adverse health consequences exists.

The soup kit containing broth with meatballs, rice noodles, sriracha packets, and hoisin packets were imported on Jan. 29, 2016. The following products are subject to recall: [View Label]

  • 291 Cases – containing ten 2.56 lb. plastic soup package kits labeled “Vietnamese inspired Pho Bo Vein” containing broth with meatballs, rice noodles, sriracha packets, and hoisin packets bearing package code 16AL20 or 16AL24.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 422” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail outlets in California.

The problem was discovered when a Customs and Border Protection official notified FSIS personnel that the items had been shipped without inspection.

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

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers and media with questions about the recall can contact Terry Alty at (780) 463-2991.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

USDA Recall Classifications
Class I This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
Class III This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.

 

Congressional and Public Affairs
Benjamin Bell
(202) 720-9113
Press@fsis.usda.gov

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FSIS: Canyon Creek Soup Co. recalls meatball soup products that were not presented at the U.S. point of entry for inspection

FSIS: Canyon Creek Soup Co. recalls meatball soup products that were not presented at the U.S. point of entry for inspection

USDA’s FSIS: all makers of raw ground beef products required to keep adequate records of the source material

WASHINGTON, 2015-12-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today announced a new measure that will improve the agency’s ability to determine the source of foodborne illnesses linked to ground beef, stopping foodborne illness outbreaks sooner when they occur.  Based on lessons learned from previous outbreak investigations, FSIS is requiring that all makers of raw ground beef products keep adequate records of the source material, so that the agency can quickly work with the suppliers to recall contaminated product.

Outbreak investigations can be hindered when retail stores produce ground beef by mixing product from various sources but fail to keep clear records that would allow investigators to determine which supplier produced the unsafe product. This new requirement complements expedited traceback and traceforward procedures announced in August 2014 that enhance the agency’s ability to quickly and broadly investigate food safety breakdowns in the event of an outbreak connected to ground beef.

“This is a common-sense step that can prevent foodborne illness and increase consumer confidence when they purchase ground beef,” said Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety Al Almanza. “In the event that unsafe product does make it into commerce, these new procedures will give us the information we need to act much more effectively to keep families across the country safe.”

Under the new final rule, FSIS is amending its recordkeeping regulations to require that all official establishments and retail stores that grind raw beef products maintain the following records: the establishment numbers of establishments supplying material used to prepare each lot of raw ground beef product; all supplier lot numbers and production dates; the names of the supplied materials, including beef components and any materials carried over from one production lot to the next; the date and time each lot of raw ground beef product is produced; and the date and time when grinding equipment and other related food-contact surfaces are cleaned and sanitized. These requirements also apply to raw beef products that are ground at an individual customer’s request when new source materials are used.

“The traceback mechanism provided for in this final rule will facilitate recall efforts that could stop outbreaks and prevent additional foodborne illnesses,” said Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety Brian Ronholm. “USDA is committed to providing resources and assistance to makers of ground beef to ensure they can be a part of this important and essential new public health measure.”

Retail stores regularly produce raw ground beef for consumer sales by mixing cuts of beef from various sources. A 2011Salmonella outbreak in Maine and parts of the northeastern region of the United States resulted in illnesses that could have been prevented if establishments had kept records of suppliers on file. As a result of this outbreak, on July 22, 2014, FSIS published a proposed rule (79 FR 42464) to require official establishments and retail stores to maintain records of their suppliers and source materials received. After receiving and considering comments, FSIS is announcing this final recordkeeping rule that ensures that public health officials have the ability to quickly search records to identify the exact source of the raw beef products during outbreak investigations.

The final rule can be viewed at: www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/regulations/federal-register/interim-and-final-rules.

Over the past six years, USDA has collaborated extensively with other federal partners to safeguard America’s food supply, prevent foodborne illnesses and improve consumers’ knowledge about the food they eat. USDA’s FSIS is working to strengthen federal food safety efforts and develop strategies that emphasize a three-dimensional approach to prevent foodborne illness: prioritizing prevention; strengthening surveillance and enforcement; and improving response and recovery. Other steps taken to improve the safety of ground beef specifically include adopting a zero-tolerance policy for raw beef products containing six additional strains of shiga-toxin producing E. coli, expanding testing procedures for additional components of ground beef, and improving employee training to detect and reduce E. coli O157:H7 contamination on beef carcasses.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can also be accessed 24 hours a day at: www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

Congressional and Public Affairs
Josh Stull, (202) 720-9113

USDA: Good Food Concepts recalls 12,566 pounds of beef, pork, and poultry products

WASHINGTON, 2015-10-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Good Food Concepts, a Colorado Springs, Colo. establishment, is recalling approximately 12,566 pounds of beef, pork, and poultry products that were produced without a fully implemented Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plan. These products are also misbranded and contain sodium nitrite, which is not declared on the product label, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The beef, pork, and poultry items were produced on various dates between October 16, 2014 and October 16, 2015. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF Only)]

  • Various sized packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT SMOKED BACON.”
  • 1-lb. packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT BACON ENDS.”
  • Various sized packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT SMOKED PIT HAM.”
  • Various sized packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT PORK SMOKE HAM BUTT PORTION BI.”
  • 1-lb. packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT PORK HAM BUTT PORTION BI.”
  • Various sized containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT PORK SMOKED HAM SHANK PORTION BI.”
  • Various sized packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT PORK HAM STEAK.”
  • Various sized packages containing “PORK PEEPA’S HAM BNLS.”
  • 1-lb. packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT PORK SMOKE HAM DICED.”
  • 1-lb. packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT PORK SMOKE HAM GROUND 1#.”
  • Various sized packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT PORK SMOKED HAM SHANKS SLICED.”
  • Various sized packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT PEPPERONI SLICE.”
  • Various sized packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT GENOA CLASSIC.”
  • Various sized packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT BEEF PASTRAMI.”
  • Various sized packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT BOLOGNA SLICE.”
  • Various sized packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT PEPPERONI.”
  • Various sized packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT HAM STEAK COUNTRY STYLE.”
  • Various sized packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT HAM DELI SLICED.”
  • Various sized packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT CANADIAN BACON.”
  • Various sized packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT BOLOGNA 1#.”
  • Various sized packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT PORK LIVERWURST WESTPHALIAN.”
  • Various sized packages containing “RANCH FOOD DIRECT PORK LIVERWURST PISTACHIO DELI STYLE.”
  • Various sized packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT TURKEY BREAST NATURAL SMOKED, SLICED.”
  • Various sized packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT ROASTED DELI TURKEY.”
  • 1-lb. packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT BRISTOL BEER BRATWURST.”
  • Various sized packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT POLISH SAUSAGE PORK.”
  • 1-lb. packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT SAUSAGE PORK BANGERS.”
  • Various sized packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT ANDOUILLE.”
  • Various sized packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT LINGUISA.”
  • 1-lb. packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT PORK SMOKED GERMAN BRATWURST.”
  • Various sized packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT GERMAN BRATWURST.”
  • Various sized packages “RANCH FOODS DIRECT KOLBASA RING.”
  • 1-lb. packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT 8/1 HOT DOGS.”
  • Various sized packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT SAUSAGE BEEF HOT DOG FOOT LONG 5/1.”
  • Various sized packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT VEAL BRATS.”
  • Various sized packages containing “RANCH FOODS DIRECT CORNED BEEF BRISKET.”

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 27316” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations in Colorado and New Mexico.

The problem was discovered by FSIS during a food safety assessment at the establishment.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Nikowa Neill, Administrative Support, at (719) 377-7514. Media with questions about the recall can contact Eryn Taylor, Marketing, at (720) 259-2488.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

USDA Recall Classifications
Class I This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
Class III This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.

Congressional and Public Affairs
Katherine Scheidt
(202) 720-9113

SOURCE: FSIS

USDA: Royal Frozen Food recalls frozen beef and pork products not produced under a fully implemented HACCP plan

WASHINGTON, 2015-9-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Royal Frozen Food, a Los Angeles, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 230 pounds of frozen beef and pork products that were not produced under a fully implemented Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plan. A portion of these products are missing the USDA mark of inspection and may also contain egg, an undeclared allergen, which was not declared on the product label, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The frozen food items were produced between Sept. 1, 2014 and Sept. 29, 2015. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF Only)]

  • 17 oz. plastic tray package bearing code #607238300447 and containing 10 pieces of “PRECOOKED STUFFED GRAPE LEAVES WITH BEEF AND RICE.”
  • 20 oz. plastic tray package bearing code #607238300454 and containing 8 pieces of “PRECOOKED STUFFED CABBAGE LEAVES WITH BEEF AND RICE.”
  • 12 oz. plastic tray package bearing code #607238300553 and containing 10 pieces of “POT STICKERS.”

Some of the products subject to recall bear establishment number “Est. 20585” inside the USDA mark of inspection. One of the products (Pot Stickers) does not contain the USDA mark of inspection.  These items were shipped to retail locations in California.

The problem was discovered by FSIS personnel performing in-plant verification tasks.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers and media with questions about the recall can contact Gloria Cheng, owner, at (626) 552-1882.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

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SOURCE: USDA