April 13, 1999
USDA Declares Product From Thorn Apple Valley Unfit For Human
WASHINGTON, DC (SafetyAlerts) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's
(USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today that all products
produced by Thorn Apple Valley, at its Forrest City, Ark. meat and poultry processing
plant, are unfit for human consumption. Thorn Apple Valley's plant is USDA Establishment
Production of frankfurter and lunch
combination products at the plant ceased on December 31, 1998, when USDA suspended the
assignment of inspectors based on the plant's non-compliance with sanitation requirements.
Subsequently, Thorn Apple Valley voluntarily recalled all product produced after July 6,
On the basis of information from an
ongoing investigation , FSIS has reason to believe that all meat and poultry products
manufactured by and distributed from Establishment 13529/P13529 were not prepared in
accordance with the requirements of the Federal Meat and Poultry Products Inspection Acts.
These products may contain physical, chemical and/or microbiological contaminants that
render the product adulterated and not fit for human consumption.
Thorn Apple Valley was notified that
all product on hold is unfit for human consumption and cannot be reprocessed for human
Currently, Thorn Apple Valley has
approximately 9 million pounds of meat and poultry products on hold in warehouses in the
United States. Over 12 million pounds of products subject to the recall were exported to
Russia and South Korea. FSIS has notified appropriate international officials of the
decision on the Thorn Apple Valley product.
FSIS is confident that the products
from the Thorn Apple Valley plant in Forrest City are already on hold due to the January
recall. However, consumers are once again reminded to check their refrigerators for any
product bearing "EST 13529" or "EST P-13529" anywhere on the product.
"Because of the potential of foodborne illness, we urge consumers not to eat
it," said John McCutcheon, acting deputy administrator of USDA's Food Safety and
Consumers with food safety questions
may phone the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-800-535-4555. The hotline is
staffed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday and recorded
information is available 24 hours a day.
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