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Tip Off to FSIS Sparks Pork and Poultry Product Recall

19 May 2014

US - A tip off to the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has led to a New York company recalling approximately 222,000 pounds of pork and poultry products that did not receive the full benefit of inspection.

Transatlantic Foods Inc operates two plants — one in Scranton, Pennsylvania and one in Andover, New Jersey.

The recall is being issued because the Andover plant had not been issued a FSIS Grant of Inspection.

Without the Grant of Inspection, FSIS inspection programme personnel were not assigned to the establishment.

However, FSIS said that the Andover plant was producing product and using labels approved for use by, and bearing the establishment number of, the Scranton business.

FSIS said that products produced without inspection are considered unfit for human consumption and must be recalled.

Products were also produced in undisclosed locations without the benefit of inspection.
The products being recalled include duck fat, bacon and a quantity of fresh sausage products.

FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses due to consumption of these products.

The duck fat included in the recall was produced from January 2012 through May 2014 and bears the establishment number “P-39954.”

The remaining products were produced before 18 October 2013 and bear the establishment number “Est. 33806” or “Est. 45100,” “P-33806” or “P-45100” inside the USDA Mark of Inspection.

These products were shipped to retail, internet and wholesale locations nationwide.

The problem was discovered when FSIS received an anonymous tip and began an investigation into the establishment.


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