Potentially Deadly Catfish Recalled

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The Palm Beach Post

July 29, 2019

By Jane Musgrave

Nearly 80,000 pounds of catfish, including some that was sold in Florida, are being recalled because they pose a serious health risk, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Saturday.

The fish, sold by Premium Foods USA, were imported by the Woodside, N.Y. company from Bangladesh and Myanmar between March 26, 2018 and March 8, 2019, the department’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said in a press release.

Officials said they are concerned that consumers may still have items in their freezers. They urged people to throw out the fish or return it to where it was purchased. The retail outlets where the fish was sold hasn’t yet been released.

While there have been no reports of sickness, officials said if eaten the fish could cause “serious, adverse health consequences or death.”

The Siluriformes, more commonly known as catfish, weren’t presented for reinspection when they were brought into the United States, officials said. Further, neither Myanmar nor Bangladesh are allowed to export catfish into the U.S.

Other states where the items were sold are: Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

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