Skipanon Brands, also known as the Oregon Ocean Seafood processing plant, issued a recall for their canned foods due to lack of documentation and possible under-processed products discovered during an FDA audit. There were no reported illnesses.
The plant, identified on their own website as a micro-cannery, packed product for many other labels. The initial recall on October 9th caused a cascade of recalls by companies who used Skipanon as a co-packer to pack their branded product.
A few things to note"
A co-packer issue can impact a number of brands. So it important to make sure the company co-packing product is compliant with standards, especially FDA Low Acid Canned Food Regulations.
With the first recall issued on the 9th, it took close to 2 weeks for companies to issue recalls. Had there been illnesses, this delay could have had resulted in a much bigger disaster, especially if it had been a Clostridium botulinum issue.
The list of recalls follows:
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Ecola Seafoods Inc. is Issuing a Voluntary Recall on all Canned Salmon and Tuna Because of a Possible Health Risk
The Garibaldi Cannery LLC is Issuing a Voluntary Recall on all Canned Seafood Products Because of a Possible Health Risk
Pacific Oyster Company D/B/A The Fish Peddler Of Bay City, Oregon, Is Voluntarily Recalling Canned Tuna, Salmon, And Smoked Salmon
Bornstein Seafood, Inc is Voluntarily Recalling all Canned Seafood Products Because of Possible Health Risk
Brigham Fish Market is Voluntarily Recalling Canned Seafood Products Because of Possible Health Risk
Northwest Wild Products is Issuing a Voluntary Recall on all Canned Seafood Products Because of a Possible Health Risk
Dungeness Seaworks is Voluntarily Recalling all Canned Seafood Products Because of Possible Health Risk
Seaquest Seafood Corp. Recalling Dehydrated & Marinated Uneviscerated Fish because of Possible Health Risk
The Spot is Issuing a Voluntary Recall on All Canned Seafood Products Because of a Possible Health Risk
VIS Seafoods is Issuing a Voluntary Recall on All Canned Salmon Products Because of a Possible Health Risk
FDA News Release
Skipanon Brand Seafoods LLC Recalls all Seafood Canned Products Because of Possible Health Risk
For Immediate Release
October 9, 2015 Contact Consumers
Skipanon Brand Seafoods LLC of Warrenton, Oregon is voluntarily recalling ALL LOTS, ALL SIZES of ALL Skipanon brand seafoods canned products because it has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled.
Botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning, can cause the following symptoms: general weakness, dizziness, double-vision and trouble with speaking or swallowing. Difficulty in breathing, weakness of other muscles, abdominal distension and constipation may also be common symptoms. People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention.
There have been no reported cases of illness to date.
Products were distributed to wholesalers and retailers in Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington and sold to internet customers nationwide from the website skipanonbrand.com. The last date of distribution of recalled products is September 2015.
Affected production codes include any codes starting with "OC" and the code can be found either at the bottom or on top of the can. Products are packaged in metal cans with net weights ranging from 5.5 oz. to 66.5 oz.
Recall List http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm466521.htm
This voluntary recall was initiated due to lack of documentation and possible under-processed products. The problem was discovered during the inspection by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the inspection is ongoing. This recall is being made with the knowledge of the FDA the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA).
Customers are advised to return or to contact company and hold for pick up all products. At this point we are determining the best course of action to remedy the situation.
If you have any questions, call Skipanon Brand Seafoods LLC at (503) 861-8277 between the hours of 10:00am PST and 5:00pm PST, Monday - Friday, or send e-mail to email@example.com.