FSIS Issues Public Health Alert for Ineligible Siluriformes Products Imported From Brazil
WASHINGTON, May 14, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert for approximately 165 pounds of imported frozen Siluriformes products. The products were imported from Brazil, a country ineligible to export Siluriformes products to the United States. A recall was not recommended because it is believed that the affected products are no longer available to be purchased by consumers.
The frozen whole Siluriformes products were produced on April 23, 2021. EB Express Provisions Inc. (EB) is the Importer of Record (IOR), a Newark, New Jersey firm. The following product is subject to the public health alert:
- 13-14 lbs. cases containing “GUTTED FROZEN FISH SCIENTIFIC NAME: Hypostomus” with a production date of 23/04/2021 represented on the label. The whole frozen fish were removed from the cases and sold individually, by weight, in plastic bags at Mass. Mineirao Markets.
Refer to the label link here for additional product information. The product is identified with an ineligible establishment number (S.I.F. 188) on its packaging. The product does not bear a USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations in Massachusetts.
The problem was discovered when FSIS followed up on a referral from USDA’s Smuggling Interdiction & Trade Compliance Program, regarding Cascudo fish (Hypostomus sp), of the order Siluriformes, product of Brazil. Brazil is not eligible to import raw Siluriformes products into the United States.
FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ freezers. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a health care provider. 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.