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Catfish Recalled Over Inspections

Federal officials say more than 100,000 pounds of Fulton Seafood products were distributed without inspections.

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Fulton Seafood Inc.

WASHINGTON – Fulton Seafood Inc., a Houston, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 100,924 pounds of Siluriformes fish products, specifically wild caught catfish, because the products were produced, packed, and distributed without the benefit of federal inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The wild caught catfish items were produced on various dates from Jan. 1, 2018 through Feb. 21, 2019. The following products are subject to recall:

  • 60-lb. brown cardboard boxes containing “River Catfish Wild USA.” Upon arrival at retail locations, the catfish were removed from boxes and placed in the seafood display case for consumer purchase.

These items were shipped to retail locations within Texas.                                 

The problem was discovered on Feb. 19, 2019, when a FSIS investigator observed Siluriformes products bearing no marks of federal inspection, while performing surveillance activities in a cold storage facility.

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

FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ freezers. 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.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at

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