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Fish firm caught up in huge US recall

Oscar Rousseau

By Oscar Rousseau+


Channel Fish Processing said it would stick with its supplier, despite the recall
Channel Fish Processing said it would stick with its supplier, despite the recall

Massachusetts-based Channel Fish Processing Company is the latest firm to recall food products that may contain undeclared allergens, bringing the total number of affected outfits to 12.

The company from Boston recalled 840 lb of a breaded white fish known as swai on Friday 16 June due to fears the product’s coating may contain undeclared milk, an allergen not declared on product labelling.

Anthony Randezza, director of frozen seafood sales at Channel Fish Processing (CPF) told this site Newly Weds Foods supplied the breadcrumb products that might contain small traces of milk. He added the business was not thinking of ditching Newly Weds Foods because of the problem.

CFP’s recall means 12 US food processors have now collectively recalled nearly 4 million lb of produc e in less than a fortnight. The recalls have been driven by the potential presence of milk in breadcrumb and cracker products used to coat meat and fish.

No reports of illness

Big businesses including Tyson Foods and Conagra Brands are among the firms forced to recall breaded meat products due to the potential presence of milk.

Newly Weds Foods has confirmed it is involved in the massive tranche of recalls that has hit businesses in the US states of Arizona, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said “a supplier” was responsible for the recalls. However, at this stage it is still unclear if Newly Weds Foods was the only supplier.

There have been no confirmed reports of illness or adverse reactions due to consumption of the coated meat, poultry and fish products. Consumers who have purchased them have been urged not to consume them. Instead, they should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

The recalled products

Tyson Foods: 2,485,374lb or ready-to-eat breaded chicken.
Conagra Brands: 717,338lb of spaghetti and meatball products.
Gourmet Boutique: 294,744lb of ready-to-eat chicken products.
Maid-Rite Speciality Foods: 174,000lb of beef products.
Joseph Seviroli Foods: 114,409lb of beef ravioli products.
Advanced Pierre Foods: 54,699lb of chicken products.
Pork King Sausage: 44,035lb of raw sausages
Golden Platter (Foods): 31,662lb of poultry and beef products.
Packer Avenue Foods: 9,690lb of ready-to-eat chicken salads.
Aldon Food Corporation: 8,570lb of chicken salads.
Water Lilies Food: 4,335lb of ready-to-east breaded chicken.
Channel Fish Processing: 840 lb of a breaded swai products

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