FSIS Detains Adulterated Pork Products

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Steven Cohen

WASHINGTON, DC - July 15, 2004 - The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today began to detain an undetermined amount of fried pork fat that was produced in a federal establishment without the presence of USDA inspectors. These products are considered to be adulterated and FSIS encourages consumers to avoid eating them and discard them.

The establishment in question goes by the name of DownHome HomeBoys, located at 6223 Natural Bridge Rd., St. Louis, Mo., 63121. FSIS has also withheld the marks of inspection and suspended the assignment of inspectors from the establishment. Without federal inspection, products cannot legally be distributed into commerce.

On July 13, FSIS program employees were refused entry to examine the facilities, inventory and records at this establishment. This is a violation of the Federal Meat Inspection Act. When an establishment applies for a grant of inspection, it is understood that every applicant will be held responsible for adhering to this law and other applicable regulations if inspection is granted.

Consumers should look for products labeled, "DOWNHOME, HOT, KRISPY, SNACKLIN' CRACKLIN' FRIED OUT PORK FAT WITH ATTACHED SKIN." Each label bears the establishment number "EST.13546" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products are packaged in 2.5 oz. plastic bags.

FSIS' detention of these products is underway in multiple states. FSIS wants to caution consumers that despite the mark of inspection printed on the packaging, these products were not produced under USDA inspection and are considered to be adulterated. FSIS continues to investigate the incident and is taking the necessary action to remove the products from commerce.
Photo of bag of Snackin' Cracklin', green label
Photo of bag of Snackin' Cracklin', red label
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Last Modified Jul 22, 2013