bassett and Walker Beef Lip
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July 08, 2015

Bassett & Walker is under fire from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) after failing to present imported beef products for proper inspection.

The Toronto-based agricultural importer received shipments of about 1,540 pounds of beef lip from Australia and proceed to distribute the product to retailers and restaurants in the San Diego area. The company issued a recall on July 7.

Without the benefit of a full inspection at an approved U.S. point of entry, the USDA is unable to ensure the safety of the meat.

The unchecked product is packaged in 55-pound boxes, marked Australian Est. 4, 170, 235, and 517.

A similar recall was issued last month for an import by Whakyung Foods, a subsidiary of OFT, Inc. The Henderson, NV company imported more than 67,200 pounds of commercial-use beef leg bone extract and beef concentrate products from Australia and New Zealand without presenting their shipment for inspection.

The products subject to recall bear the establishment certification "New Zealand TBE1 Inspected" or "Est. 662 Product of Australia".

The FSIS has received no confirmed reports of adverse reactions from either recall.

Consumers with questions can contact Maria Fortuna of Bassett & Walker at (416) 363-7070 ext. 265 or mfortuna@bassettwalkerinc.com.

To contact OFT, Inc. call Jason Lee at (702) 778-6401.