Congressional and Public Affairs
Gabrielle N. Johnston
WASHINGTON, March 20, 2015 – Boa Vida Imports, a New Bedford, Mass., establishment, is recalling approximately 385 pounds of pork and beef products imported from Portugal because this country is not eligible to export meat products to the United States, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. These products were also not presented at the U.S. point of entry for inspection. Without the benefit of full inspection, including determining the equivalence of a foreign food regulatory system, a possibility of adverse health consequences exists.
The pork meat and beef tripe stew with beans items were produced on various dates between July and October 2014. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (pdf only)]
The products subject to recall bear the establishment number “PT RTR 79 CE” inside the Portugal mark of inspection. These products were shipped to retail locations in Southeastern Massachusetts.
The problem was discovered when Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) contacted a FSIS Office of Investigation, Enforcement, and Audit (OIEA) Investigator on the suspicion that these products were imported from a country (Portugal) not currently eligible for import.
FSIS and the company have received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.
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 Antonio Coutinho, Owner of Boa Vida Imports, at (744) 206-1625.
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.|