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December 31, 2001

Florida Import Firm Has Recalled Canned Corned Beef

Miami, Fl. (SafetyAlerts) - United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, (FSIS) said that Transmundo, Inc. has recalled an undetermined amount of imported Brazilian canned corned beef that is incorrectly labeled.

T
he products subject to recall may contain edible or inedible beef by-products that are not declared on the label. The recalled products are as follows:

12 ounce cans of "Celebrity CORNED BEEF with Juices PRODUCT OF BRAZIL." The bottom of each can is embossed with "BRASIL INSPECIONADO 3031 S.I.F." The product was produced between Jan. 5 and Dec. 27, 2001, and distributed to retail establishments nationwide.
Embossed on the top of the cans are the following identification codes: "J281 M1," and "J301 M1."

12 ounce cans of "Jamaican Country Style Brand CORNED BEEF with juices PRODUCT OF BRAZIL." The bottom of each can is embossed with "BRASIL INSPECIONADO 3031 S.I.F." The product was produced between Sept. 4 and Sept. 21, 2001, and distributed to retail establishments nationwide.
Embossed on the top of the cans are the following identification codes: "O041M," "O051M," "O171MA," "O181M," "O191A," "O201M," and "O211M."

12 ounce cans of "Dely CORNED BEEF WITH JUICES PRODUCT OF BRAZIL." The bottom of each can is embossed with "BRASIL INSPECIONADO 3031 S.I.F." The product was produced between July 28 and Sept. 1, 2001, and distributed to retail establishments in Puerto Rico.
Embossed on the top of the cans are the following identification codes: "J281M," "K031M," "K041M," "K181M," "K211A," "K291M" and "O011M."

12 ounce cans of "GRANDE CORNED BEEF PRODUCTO DE BRASIL." The bottom of each can is embossed with "BRASIL INSPECIONADO 3031 S.I.F." The product was produced between July 31 and Oct. 1, 2001, and distributed to retail establishments in Puerto Rico. Embossed on the top of the cans are the following identification codes: "J311M," "K031M," "K201M," "K281M," "P191M" and "K201A."
"FSIS ensures that meat and poultry products are safe, wholesome, and accurately labeled," said Margaret Glavin, acting FSIS administrator. "Some of the ingredients found in this product are prohibited in the United States. We urge consumers to return the product 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 this product. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

Media and consumers with questions about the recall may contact Jerome Breiter, spokesperson, Western Hemisphere Association for Meat Marketers, at (435) 940-9035.

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
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