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Another Chicken Base Recall

In a nutshell: More problems with chicken base also known as chicken broth base and chicken bouillon base. The source of the chicken has not been verified. The product is from China. A similar recall happened Feb. 2009.

From the FDA press release

WASHINGTON, April 3, 2009 – Perk-Up, Inc., a New York corporation having a principal executive office in White Plains, NY, is recalling 114,540 pounds of chicken base 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.

Perk-Up, Inc. is recalling these products because the chicken base products do not meet poultry products inspection or poultry exemption requirements. Specifically, it could not be determined that the poultry ingredients used in the chicken base products were prepared under inspection as required by federal regulations or under an eligible 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 products subject to recall include
–5-pound pails of “PANDA BRAND CHICKEN BASE CONCENTRADO DE CALDO DE POLLO.” Each container also bears the case code “2700031.”
–5-pound bags of “PANDA BRAND CHICKEN BASE CONCENTRADO DE CALDO DE POLLO.” Each package also bears the case code “2700200.”

The chicken base products were imported from China on various dates from May 2008 to September 2008. The chicken base products were sent to distribution establishments nationwide.

The problem was discovered after FSIS personnel identified the chicken base products in the marketplace. FSIS has received no reports of illness as a result of consuming this product.

Consumer questions regarding the product or the recall should be directed to Perk-Up’s general counsel, Seth Akabas at (212) 308-8505 ext. 218, or (212) 308-8516.

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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