Recently two new class-I food recalls made it to the food safety, high-alert list. The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety (USDA) and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced two food recalls involving American companies US Cado Holdings, Inc and Ghiringhelli Specialty Foods, Inc.
The first food recall was carried out due to undeclared and mislabeled allergens present in poultry food products manufactured by the Ghiringhelli Specialty Foods Company.
Ghiringhelli Specialty Foods, Inc, Vallejo, California, is a leading name in wholefoods manufacturers. The establishment is currently set to recall about 2,444 pounds of poultry products due to undeclared allergens present in their poultry products that were not labeled on the packaging.
It was found that the products contained soy, wheat, and fish (anchovies) residues that could cause allergic reactions in individuals.
Moreover, a statement specifying the presence of food allergen in a product is usually provided on labels i.e. “May Contain Traces of Shellfish”, however no such information was tailored in Caesar Salads’ case, which led to the recall of the salads from the market.
Furthermore, the chicken Caesar salads subject to recall were manufactured on 22 June 2016. The product, Trader Giotto’s Caesar Salad with Chicken Breast was packed in 9-oz. plastic clamshell clear lid containers with an expiration date of 06/28 and plant number P-17156, according to USDA’s food safety department. Food safety authorities recommend against consuming such products to avoid adverse health effects.
FSIS was notified by the company regarding the current issue of the mislabeling after a customer issued a complaint. It was also brought to attention that the salads had correct labels on the top of the packs but not on the backs of the products.
The second major food recall declared by the USDA and FSIS was carried out by another California-based company — US Cado Holdings. The company distributed 2,235 pounds of frozen Swai fillet products in the United States without meeting federal importation requirements.
The fish products were originally produced and packed in March 2016, in Vietnam by Golden Quality Seafood Corporation. The products, Skinless and Boneless Swai Fillets, were individually wrapped in 15lb. boxes and carried the lot numbers 023015 and 023021 with expiration dates of 03-01-2018, 03-09-2018, and 03-16-2018, according to USDA.
Government authorities caution consumers to refrain from consuming the aforementioned products and to contact the outlets for a full refund. The products, imported from Vietnam, failed to meet the requirements set by FSIS regarding residue sampling and testing prior to entering United States commerce.
A food recall of similar nature was also recorded on June 20 when skinless and boneless Sea Queen brand Swai Fillet items were produced and packed on March 30, 2016, in Vietnam by the same company.
The products recalled at the time included 32oz packages of individually wrapped Skinless and Boneless Swai Fillets. The products were shipped to distribution centers in Connecticut, Georgia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.
FSIS took the step in compliance with the Federal Meat Inspection Act, implementing regulations that ensured products in foreign and domestic commerce were safe, wholesome, and free of adulteration or misbranding of any sort, according to USDA.
Both food recalls were declared as high-risk cases and were given a Class-I status, according to USDA Recall Classification, which states that only foods showing a probability of serious life-threatening hazards are set to class-I recall.