DPHSS: Recalled corned beef sold at Cost-U-Less outlets; corrective actions already taken

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The Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) would like to update the public of the Division of Environmental Health’s (DEH) findings regarding the Milky Way International Trading Corporation’s recall of canned corned beef products.

Milky Way International Trading Corp., doing business as MW Polar, a Norwalk, Calif., firm, 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 the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (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.

DEH has determined that the following affected canned corned beef products were sold at Cost-U-Less locations in Chalan Pago, Dededo, and Tamuning:

Product Name Size/Weight/Number of Cans (Type Package) Product Code Shipping Mark Best Before (Day/Month/Year)
Ox & Palm Corned Beef Original 11.5-oz. x 24 (taper can) 21405 HWA2042/OAK1 02/09/2025
Ox & Palm Corned Beef Original 11.-oz. x 24 (round can) 29056 HWA2042/OAK2 20/07/2025

DEH is working closely with Cost-U-Less who was notified of the recall by their corporate headquarters on March 3, 2021.  Corrective actions were immediately taken with approximately 4,765 round cans and 15,896 tapered cans of Ox & Palm Corned Beef Original products removed from store shelves.

While no other retailer or distributor has been found to carry any of the affected canned corned beef products, DEH continues to conduct its recall effectiveness check activities and will continue to update the public as more information is obtained.

Consumers who have purchased any of the affected canned corned beef products are urged not to consume them.  These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

A complete listing of affected product names and codes are identified in the attached chart.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.    To date, DEH has not received any complaints or reports of adverse reactions related to the consumption of these products.  Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.

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.

For any questions, please contact the Consumer Commodities Program at the Division of Environmental Health at 300-9579.

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