Public Health Alert issued on ineligible products imported from China
WASHINGTON (Dec. 29, 2021) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture issues a public health alert for some imported meat and poultry products from China.
The FSIS says the products don’t identify an eligible establishment number on their packaging. According to the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), a recall was not requested because they can’t identify and contact the importers. Investigators are still looking into the situation and have not determined the total amount of ineligible products yet.
“These products are ineligible to import into the U.S., making them unfit for human consumption,” states the alert from the FSIS.
Don’t Sell, Don’t Consume
The FSIS urges retailers who have purchased the products not to sell them. They also tell consumers who purchased the products to not consume them. You can dispose of them properly by double bagging them to reduce the possibility of animals accessing the products.
USDA cannot confirm whether the products were properly heated to control pathogens that affect domestic livestock.
There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to the consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a health care provider.
You can find the products subject to the public health alert and labels listed here, or find a PDF of the products by scrolling down.
More information on the Public Health Alert
An investigation with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and USDA’s Animal and Plant Inspection Service identified the problem. FSIS will continue working with CBP and APHIS on the ongoing investigation.
Consumers with food safety questions can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or live chat via Ask USDA from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Consumers can also browse food safety messages at Ask USDA or send a question via email to MPHotline@usda.gov. For consumers that need to report a problem with a meat, poultry, or egg product, the online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at https://foodcomplaint.fsis.usda.gov/eCCF/.
PDF of Products
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