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News Release

Ontario Firm Recalls Baby Back Ribs Produced Without Import Inspection

Class I Recall 025-2014
Health Risk: High Apr 24, 2014

Congressional and Public Affairs 
Alexandra Tarrant 
(202) 720-9113

 

WASHINGTON, April 24, 2014 – Skilcor Food Products, an importer of record in Brampton, Ontario, is recalling approximately 36 pounds of fully cooked pork baby back ribs in honey garlic barbeque sauce, because they were not presented at the border for USDA FSIS 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. 

FSIS issues a Public Health Alert for an imported product when the country of origin recalls the product. FSIS issues a recall for an imported product when the product is not presented for inspection at the U.S. border.

The following product is subject to recall: 

  • 18 pound cases containing 1.5 pound packages of  “Cobblestone Farms Fully Cooked Pork Baby Back Ribs in Honey Garlic Barbeque Sauce” bearing package code “Sell By 2015-AL-08” and case code “15201”

The product bears the Canadian mark of inspection with establishment number “624.” The product was distributed to a retailer in New York..

The problem was discovered when FSIS import staff reviewed records and discovered that the independent third party carrier did not present product for USDA inspection at the U.S. – Canadian border.

FSIS and the company have received no reports of illness due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about illness should contact a healthcare provider.

A failure-to-present (FTP) occurs when importers fail to present a shipment to FSIS for import inspection prior to the product entering U.S. commerce. Failure-to-present will result in the recall of the product.

Presently, FSIS analysts compare Custom and Border Protection Automated Commerce Environment summary data to shipments received in the FSIS Public Health Information System to identify shipments that may not have been presented for inspection at the border. As part of this process, this only occurs after the product has entered U.S. commerce.

FSIS is working on solutions to prevent future failure-to-present episodes from occurring, including outreach to industry, foreign food safety agencies and importers.

Consumers and media with questions about the recall should contact Don Bernier at (905) 501-0111.

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 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. “Ask Karen” live chat services are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET. 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.

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.
Last Modified Apr 28, 2014