Catfish skins product recalled in the US

As confusion persists over U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) catfish inspection rules, another of several catfish products has been recalled in 2019.

Redlands, California-based Alli & Rose LLC is recalling around 21,930 pounds of siluriformes (catfish) products not presented for import re-inspection, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said in a press release.

The catfish skins were imported from Thailand, “a country ineligible to export ready-to-eat Siluriformes products to the U.S.,” the USDA said.

The SnakYard Salted Egg Fish Skins, imported from 21 October, 2019, through 10 December, 2019, were shipped to retailers in California, Maryland, and New Jersey.

“The problem was discovered during routine FSIS surveillance activities of imported products,” FSIS said. “There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.”

Consumers who have purchased the products are urged not to consume them. Instead, they should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase, the agency said.

Several seafood importers have been subject to catfish recalls in 2019. Some told SeafoodSource that they did not know that the USDA was inspecting catfish imports, rather than the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

For example, Wilmington, California-based J Deluca Fish Company Inc., doing business as Nautilus Seafood, recalled around 69,590 pounds of siluriformes fish – specifically yellow walking fish – from Vietnam in May.

The products were produced at a Vietnamese facility that was not eligible to export siluriformes fish to the United States, FSIS said in a press release.

City of Industry, California-based Richwell Group, Inc., doing business as Maxfield Seafood, also recalled 600,000 pounds of siluriformes products because “they were produced at a Vietnamese establishment that was not eligible to export siluriformes fish to the U.S.,” FSIS said in a press release.

Photo courtesy of the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service


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