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Re-inspection issue forces recall of 150 tons of corned beef from Australia

A California company is recalling almost 300,000 pounds of ready-to-eat corned beef that was imported and distributed in the United States without the benefit of import re-inspection, according to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

Milky Way International Trading Corp., doing business as MW Polar of Norwalk, CA, imported the corned beef from Australia on various dates. The products have various “best before” dates. The product cases are labeled with various shopping marks.

“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,” according to the FSIS recall notice.

To view labels of all recalled products click on this image.

Consumers and businesses can use product codes to determine whether they have the recalled corned beef on hand. Please click here to view a table of implicated codes. The products subject to recall bear “Australia Inspected” number “39” and were shipped to retail locations nationwide.

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

FSIS is concerned that some 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, according to the FSIS.

When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Ramita Garviso, MW Polar consumer relations specialist, at [email protected] and 562-921-2800, Ext. 160. 

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