Recall of certain canned corned beef products issued

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The Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS), in coordination with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), would like to inform the public of a recall of certain Milky Way International Trading Corp. canned corned beef products.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), Milky Way International Trading Corp., doing business as MW Polar, located in Norwalk, California is recalling approximately 297,715 pounds of ready-to-eat canned corned beef products that were imported and distributed in the United States without the benefit of FSIS import re-inspection.

The canned corned beef items were imported on various dates between June 6, 2020 to January 21, 2021. The product cans are labeled with various “Best Before” dates and the product cases are labeled with various shipping marks. The affected products bear “Australia Inspected” number “39” on the label and were shipped to retail locations nationwide.

The problem was discovered after FSIS received a tip from an industry representative indicating that corned beef product received from Milky Way did not undergo FSIS import reinspection.

FSIS is concerned that these affected products may be in consumers’ pantries or in their refrigerators. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.

The Division of Environmental Health (DEH) has begun its recall effectiveness check to determine whether any of the affected canned corned beef products are on island. There have been no reported complaints to DEH associated with the consumption of these products to date. The Department will continue to provide updates to the public as more information is obtained.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Ramita Garviso, MW Polar Consumer Relations Specialist, at info@mwpolar.com and (562) 921-2800, Ext. 160. Consumers with food safety questions can also 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.

The affected product names and codes are identified in the PDF chart below:

recall-product-list-008-2021

Consumers may also contact the Consumer Commodities Program at DEH at 300-9579.

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