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News Release

H & T Seafood, Inc. Recalls Siluriformes Products Produced without Benefit of Import Inspection

Class I Recall 004-2019
Health Risk: High Jan 18, 2019

Congressional and Public Affairs
Veronika Pfaeffle
(202) 720-9113
Press@fsis.usda.gov

 

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2019 – H & T Seafood, Inc., the Importer of Record, a Bell, Calif. firm, is recalling approximately 71,435 pounds of imported Siluriformes fish products because the products were not presented for import re-inspection upon entry into the United States, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The Siluriformes products were imported from Vietnam to the U.S. on various dates from Nov. 29, 2017 through Oct. 14, 2018. The products have a shelf life of two years. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF only)]

  • 14-oz. vacuum-sealed packages of “PINEAPPLE BRAND FROZEN SHEAT FISH (WILD CAUGHT)” with entry date to the U.S. of 1/3/18 and package code 19330 in Julian Date.
  • 14-oz. vacuum-sealed packages of “TRAMAN CO. LTE INDIVIDUALLY QUICK FROZEN WILD CAUGHT SILVER SHEAT FISH” with entry date to the U.S. of 1/14/18 and package code 19319 in Julian Date.
  • 14-oz. vacuum-sealed packages of “PINEAPPLE BRAND FROZEN SHEAT FISH (WILD CAUGHT)” with entry date to the U.S. of 2/1/18 and package code 19330 in Julian Date.
  • 14-oz. vacuum-sealed packages of “PINEAPPLE BRAND FROZEN SHEAT FISH (WILD CAUGHT)” with entry date 4/25/18 to the U.S.
  • 14-oz. vacuum-sealed packages of “PINEAPPLE BRAND FROZEN SHEAT FISH (WILD CAUGHT)” with entry date 6/15/18 to the U.S. and package code 20030 in Julian Date.
  • 14-oz. vacuum-sealed packages of “PINEAPPLE BRAND FROZEN SHEAT FISH (WILD CAUGHT)” with entry date 8/27/18 to the U.S.
  • 14-oz. vacuum-sealed packages of “PINEAPPLE BRAND FROZEN SHEAT FISH (WILD CAUGHT)” with entry date 9/18/18 to the U.S. and package code 20030 in Julian Date.
  • 14-oz. vacuum-sealed packages of “PINEAPPLE BRAND FROZEN SHEAT FISH (WILD CAUGHT)” with entry date of 10/14/18 to the U.S. and package code 20090 in Julian Date.
  • 14-oz. vacuum-sealed packages of “PINEAPPLE BRAND FROZEN SHEAT FISH (WILD CAUGHT)” with entry date 11/29/17 to the U.S.
  • 14-oz. vacuum-sealed packages of “PINEAPPLE BRAND FROZEN SHEAT FISH (WILD CAUGHT) with entry date 12/19/17 to the U.S.
  • 14-oz. vacuum-sealed packages of “PINEAPPLE BRAND FROZEN SHEAT FISH (WILD CAUGHT)” with entry date 4/2/18 to the U.S. and Julian Date package code 20030.

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

The problem was discovered by FSIS during a routine surveillance activity at the distributor facility.

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 at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers and members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Roger Kratz, executive vice president of H & T Seafood, Inc., at (213) 309-7192.

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 6 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: https://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.
Last Modified Feb 07, 2019