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Imported Fish Recalled Over Residue Sampling and Testing

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service reports that a California company is recalling frozen Swai fish fillet products imported from Vietnam that failed to comply with FSIS requirements concerning residue sampling and testing for Siluriformes species prior to entry into U.S. commerce. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.

FSIS samples imports of Siluriformes fish and fish products for drug, pesticide and other chemical residues to ensure that they are safe, wholesome, and not adulterated or misbranded. Until full implementation of the Siluriformes fish and fish product inspection regulations, which begins Sept. 1, 2017, FSIS is conducting random and targeted sampling and testing of both domestic and imported Siluriformes products, in part, for violative chemical residues.

FSIS may pursue a recall action for any product with violative residues that is not destroyed or returned to the exporting country intact. FSIS will also pursue a recall action for any product that enters commerce without submission of a laboratory package that contains test results and chemical independence rationale after the time in which the importer of record, and all other importers, has been notified of a FSIS positive test result from the same establishment. FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

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