December 28, 2001New York Firm Has Recalled Canned Corned
New York, N.Y. (SafetyAlerts)
- United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection
Service, (FSIS) said that Berns & Koppstein Foods
578,000 pounds of
imported Brazilian canned corned beef that is incorrectly labeled, the U.S.
Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced
The following products subject to recall were distributed to Los Angeles,
Calif. and Guam:
12 oz. cans of "HORMEL CORNED BEEF With Natural Juices PRODUCT OF BRAZIL."
The following products subject to recall were distributed to Puerto Rico:
12 oz. cans of "COLOSO Corned Beef With Natural Juices PRODUCT OF BRAZIL,"
12 oz. cans of "Libby’s CORNED BEEF PRODUCT OF BRAZIL," and
12 oz. cans of "Shur Fine Corned Beef PRODUCT OF BRAZIL."
The following products subject to recall were distributed nationwide:
12 oz. cans of "Top Country Farms Corned Beef With Juices PRODUCT OF
12 oz. cans of "IBERIA Corned Beef IN Natural Juices PRODUCT OF BRAZIL,"
12 oz. cans of "IMPERIAL ISLE Corned Beef With Juices PRODUCT OF BRAZIL,"
12 oz. cans of "MIDEAST Corned Beef with juices Product of Brazil,"
12 oz. cans of "KEY FOOD corned beef with juices Product of Brazil," and
12 oz. cans of "WESTERN FAMILY Corned Beef PRODUCT OF BRAZIL."
The bottom of each can subject to recall is embossed with "BRASIL
INSPECIONADO 3031 S.I.F." All of the products were produced between Jan. 5
and Dec. 27, 2001.
The products may contain edible or inedible beef by-products that are not
declared on the labels.
"FSIS ensures that meat and poultry products are safe, wholesome, and
accurately labeled," said Ron Hicks, acting FSIS administrator. "Some of the
ingredients found in these products are prohibited in the United States. We
urge consumers to return these products to the point of purchase."
The problem was discovered during a routine FSIS re-inspection at import.
Brazilian establishment #3031 has been audited by the Brazilian government.
The establishment has been de-listed by the Brazilian government and can no
longer export to the United States.
FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of
these products. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a
Media and consumers with questions about the recall may contact Jerome
Breiter, spokesperson, Western Hemisphere Association for Meat Marketers, at
Consumers with food safety questions can phone the toll-free USDA Meat and
Poultry Hotline at l-800-535-4555. The hotline can be reached from l0 a.m.
to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday, and recorded food safety
messages are available 24 hours a day.