New York firm recalls 671,000 pounds of meat in two separate recalls
Transatlantic Foods, Inc., a New York company, is recalling approximately 222,000 pounds of pork and poultry products that did not receive the full benefit of inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced. Transatlantic Foods, Inc. operates two establishments—one in Scranton, Pa. and one in Andover, N.J. This recall is being issued because the Andover, N.J. establishment had not been issued a FSIS Grant of Inspection. Without the Grant of Inspection, FSIS inspection program personnel were not assigned to the establishment. However, the Andover N.J. establishment was producing product and using labels approved for use by, and bearing the establishment number of, the Scranton, Pa. establishment. Products produced without inspection are considered unfit for human consumption and must be recalled. In addition, products were produced in undisclosed locations without the benefit of inspection.
In a separate recall notice, Transatlantic Foods Inc. is recalling 449,000 pounds of pork products due to misbranding. According to an FSIS notice, both establishments used labels with false no antibiotic claims. FSIS is investigating this episode of misbranding that lead to the recall.
The products included in the recalls include bacon, duck fat, dried sausage, fresh sausage. For a full list of products affected in the recall, view the recall notices online (http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2014/rnr-029-2014 and http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2014/recall-028-2014-release).
FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses due to consumption of these products. The problem was discovered when FSIS received an anonymous tip and began an investigation into the establishment.