By Nadia Al-Samarrie
A while back ago I started updating our readers on the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service. When I came across this site, I thought my readers with diabetes should know about the foods that are being recalled for a variety of reasons. Especially, for those who have a low carbohydrate diet.
It’s a good thing that our Government is doing a great job in keeping us posted on the companies that are in violation. The downside is that it creates more concern about what we put in our bodies to maintain optimal health.
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FDA Press Release on Chicken Recall:
Victory Kitchens Ltd. Recalls Products Containing Chicken From An Ineligible Country
Class II Recall
Health Risk: Low
May 1, 2015
Congressional and Public Affairs
Gabrielle N. Johnston (202) 720-9113
WASHINGTON, May 1, 2015 – Victory Kitchens, a Toronto, Ontario, Canada firm, is recalling approximately 4,672 pounds of chicken noodle soup products that contain chicken from a country that is not eligible to send product to the U.S., the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The poultry ingredients were sourced from Thailand, and were formulated using poultry ingredients that were not produced under equivalent inspection.
The frozen chicken noodle soup items were produced on February 5, 2014, April 1, 2014, and September 11, 2014. The following products are subject to recall:
- Boxes of “Chicken Noodle Soup” product code VK-HALCHX (four units per box).
The products subject to recall bear the establishment number “I-422” inside the USDA FSIS mark of inspection on the outside box and the establishment number “Est. 711” inside the CFIA mark of inspection on the immediate container. These products were exported to Sharjah, United Arab Emirates and were not distributed in the U.S.
The problem was discovered when a FSIS import inspector observed a shipment certified by CFIA as formulated with poultry ingredients sourced from Thailand while verifying new foreign inspection certification requirements for source country and establishment. This shipment was refused entry by FSIS. A subsequent FSIS investigation into previous shipments from the producer, Victory Kitchen Ltd. (Canada Est. 711), revealed that Victory Kitchen formulated this product using poultry ingredients that were not produced under equivalent inspection.
FSIS and the company have received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.
Consumers and media with questions about the recall can contact Allan Kliger, President of Victory Foods Ltd., (416) 766-5848.
Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.
|USDA Recall Classifications|
|Class I||This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.|
|Class II||This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.|
|Class III||This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.|