Broken Record: Illegal Vietnamese Fish Impounded In US AGAIN

Catfish imported from Vietnam recalled because of illegal use of USDA mark of inspection

USDA Class I Recall; Health Risk: High

Oct 30, 2019

Food Safety News – H&T Seafood Inc. is recalling an undetermined amount of Siluriformes [catfish] products that were packed and distributed without the benefit of USDA inspection and used the mark of inspection without authorization, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

The fish were imported from Vietnam. [Headline Health has reported five previous cases of illegally imported catfish from Southeast Asia.]

“The problem was discovered by FSIS personnel during surveillance at a retail store,” according to the recall notice.

H&T Seafood Inc. of Bell, CA, shipped the recalled “Fisherman’s Wharf Swai Fillets” to warehouses, distribution centers and retailers in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and South Carolina.

The frozen Swai fillet items were produced over an undetermined amount of time, according to U.S. food safety officials. Swai is a type of catfish.

Federal officials are concerned that some of the frozen fish may be in freezers at businesses and in consumers’ homes because of its long shelf life. People are urged to check for the frozen catfish and thrown them away or return them to the place of purchase, according to the FSIS recall notice.

Consumers and businesses can determine whether they have the recalled Swai by looking for the following label information:

  • 1-pound plastic bags containing frozen fillets of “FISHERMAN’S WHARF SWAI FILLETS PRODUCT OF VIETNAM” with any USDA mark of inspection.

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

When available, FSIS will post retail distribution lists at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers with questions about the Class 1 “high risk” recall can contact Dat Huynh, controller, H&T Seafood, at 626-679-1776.

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What the Heck Is Swai?

June 26, 2014

Consumer Reports – Ever since seafood prices started climbing, I’ve seen an influx of alien species—alien to me, at least—particularly at my neighborhood supermarkets, which cater to customers who, frankly, can’t afford to plunk down $20 a pound for fish.

One economical option popping up at many stores is swai, which is native to Southeast Asia—Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia—and sells locally for around $3.99 a pound.

Swai is a river-farmed catfish, sometimes simply referred to in the U.S. only as catfish (be sure to look for country of origin labeling at the fish counter to determine whether your catfish is from the Mekong Delta or the Mississippi Delta).

Swai is a white-flesh fish (typically available in fillet form) with a sweet mild, taste and light flaky texture that can be broiled, grilled, or coating with bread crumbs and fried … Read more.