Friday, December 12, 2008

Irish Pork Crosses Atlantic Ocean

Updated December 12, 2008
(Original article posted December 11, 2008)

USDA has announce three separate recalls of pork and pork products that were derived from Irish pigs slaughtered or processed between September 1st and December 7th and may be contaminated with dioxin.

Tommy Moloney's Inc. (Long Island City, NY)
The company is recalling 4,041 pounds of bacon, due to the risk of dioxin contamination. The bacon was made using pork produced in the Republic of Ireland between September 1st and December 7th.

The recalled item is described as follows:

  • 8-ounce packages of "Tommy Moloney's Traditional Irish Breakfast Bacon, Made from imported Irish Pork." The label bears the establishment number "EST. 33789" inside the U.S. mark of inspection as well as a "sell by" date between "Dec. 15, 2008" and "Jan. 31, 2009."

The recalled products were distributed in California, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts and Virginia.

For more information about this recall, consumers are invited to contact Tommy Moloney's President, Bill Colbert, at (718) 326-2100.

The following retailers have announced a recall of the Tommy Moloney's bacon:
  • Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC (stores throughout MA, CT, RI, ME, NH, NY, NJ): all codes of Tommy Moloney's Irish Breakfast Bacon, 8 oz. packages, UPC #08-52487-00109 bearing a "sell by" date between December 15, 2008 and January 31, 2009 NEW Dec 12

Rupari Food Services (Deerfield Beach, FL)
Rupari has recalled approximately 41,020 pounds of fresh pork products, which were imported from Ireland and have been shipped to restaurants in California. The recalled products are described as follows:

  • 44-pound approximate weight boxes of "ROSDERRA MEATS, ROSCREA, Pork Loin Back Ribs, KEEP FROZEN." The shipping label bears the Irish establishment number "EST NO. 355."

For more information about this recall, contact Rupari's manager, Robert Mintz, at (954) 480-6320.

Dawn International (Acton, MA)
The company has recalled 33,880 pounds of fresh pork products, which were imported from Ireland and shipped to distribution centers in Florida.

The recalled product is described as follows:

  • 30-pound cartons of "DAWN PORK & BACON, PORK LOIN BACK RIBS, PRODUCT OF REPUBLIC OF IRELAND." The shipping label bears the Irish mark of inspection "IRELAND 332 EC."

Consumers seeking additional information are requested to contact the Irish Embassy representative, Dr. Clare Thorp, at (202) 716-2369.

USDA considers the health risk associated with these recalled product to be low, and has classified the recalls as Class II. The agency, therefore, will not be posting retail distribution lists.

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