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Imported Smoked Duck Focus of Two Recalls

Two Northeastern companies have recalled small batches of ready-to-eat, smoked duck breast for possible Salmonella contamination.

New Bedford, MA-based Sid Wainer & Son Inc. recalled 137 pounds of the smoked duck breast and Champlain, NY’s Palmex Inc. recalled 197 pounds of the same ready-to-eat poultry product.

Both recalls were announced Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

In a routine test on July 12, FSIS found that a sample of smoked duck breast imported from Canada was positive for Salmonella.  It was from Charcuterie Parisienne, a Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)-regulated firm.

While the sample was on hold, CFIA informed its American counterpart that the same product had been shipped to Sid Wainer & Son, Inc. and Palmex.

The shipping containers are marked as:  “MAGRET DE CANARD FUME SECHE DRIED SMOKED DUCK BREAST PRODUIT DU CANADA\PRODUCT OF CANADA.”

Each container holds six individually wrapped pieces of duck breast meat, weighing an average of .66 pounds each.  Each package bears a label with the establishment number “CANADA 377” inside the Canadian mark of inspection. 

Packages can be identified by the code lot number 111217,  package code 11JN20, and best before date 11DE17. The products being recalled were produced on June 20, 2011.

They were distributed for institutional use in five U.S. states: Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Illinois.

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