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Chicken Bouillon Recall

In a nutshell: It’s been quiet on the recall front as peanut butter and peanut problems have dominated. But here’s one product — chicken bouillon that doesn’t meet inspection standards and the source of the ingredients is unknown. I guess with all the melamine filler coming from China, it’s a good thing somebody is paying attention.

Read the FDA press release.

Wei-Chuan USA, Inc., a Bell Gardens, Calif., establishment, is recalling approximately 89,531 pounds of granulated chicken bouillon products that were ineligible for import to the U.S., the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

FSIS is recalling these products because the chicken bouillon does not meet poultry products inspection or poultry exemption requirements. Specifically, it could not be determined that the poultry ingredients used in the bouillon products were prepared under inspection as required by federal regulations or under a foreign inspection system determined to be equivalent. The poultry ingredient is determined to be ineligible when the source of the ingredients cannot be determined.

The problem was discovered after Customs and Border Protection notified FSIS of the ineligible imported products which originated from an unapproved source.

The granulated chicken bouillon products were distributed to retail establishments in California, Illinois, New Jersey, Texas and Washington. FSIS has received no reports of illness as a result of consuming this product.

The products subject to recall include:

–1-pound cans of “WEI-CHUAN Granulated Chicken Bouillon.”
–2.2-pound cans of “WEI-CHUAN Granulated Chicken Bouillon.”
–5-pound plastic pouches of “WEI-CHUAN Granulated Chicken Bouillon.”

Consumers -with questions about the recall should contact Mike Grasso at (571) 239-4511.

FSIS works with other federal agencies to ensure the safety of imported meat, poultry and processed egg products. The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service issues import permits based on animal health considerations, specific to a country or region. Customs and Border Protection provides oversight of all products entering the United States.

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