News Release

Fulton Seafood Inc. Recalls Siluriformes Products Produced Without Benefit of Inspection

Class I Recall 019-2019
Health Risk: High Feb 22, 2019

Congressional and Public Affairs
Buck McKay 
(202) 720-9113


WASHINGTON, Feb. 22, 2019 – 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: [View Labels (PDF only)]

  • 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

Consumers and members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Joe Massa, Sales Manager, Fulton Seafood INC., at (713) 228-6931.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at or via smartphone at The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at:

USDA Recall Classifications
Class IThis is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Class IIThis is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
Class IIIThis is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.
Last Modified Feb 22, 2019

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