Illegal Asian Fish Smuggled Into U.S. AGAIN (Check Labels)

 DO NOT CONSUME: 36 tons of wild caught catfish from Vietnam has been recalled for skipping inspection

| Food Safety News – H & T Seafood, Inc., the Importer of Record located in Bell, CA late Friday recalled approximately 71,435 pounds [35.7 tons] of imported Siluriformes [the scientific name for catfish] products because the products were not presented for import re-inspection upon entry into the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

[While the USDA has not described this as ‘smuggling.’ we don’t know of any other definition of the word. – Ed.]

The fish were imported from Vietnam to the U.S. over a period of nearly one year – Nov. 29, 2017, through Oct. 14, 2018 – well before the partial government shutdown.

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The products have a shelf life of two years [meaning that they are highly processed]. The following products are subject to recall:

  • 14-oz. vacuum-sealed packages of “PINEAPPLE BRAND FROZEN SHEAT FISH (WILD CAUGHT)” and “TRAMAN CO. LTE INDIVIDUALLY QUICK FROZEN WILD CAUGHT SILVER SHEAT FISH”; see Food Safety News for full list of product codes.

These items were shipped to retail locations in California, Nevada, and Texas.

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FSIS routine surveillance discovered the products had skirted the required re-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.

FSIS is concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers. 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.

(Republished with permission of Food Safety News. To sign up for a free subscription to Food Safety News, click here.)

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