News Release

Olufela Yemitan Recalls Siluriformes Products Distributed Without Benefit of Import Inspection

Class I Recall 071-2018
Health Risk: High Aug 29, 2018

Congressional and Public Affairs
Benjamin A. Bell 
(202) 720-9113


WASHINGTON, Aug. 29, 2018– Olufela Yemitan, the Importer of Record, a Houston, Texas firm, is recalling approximately 45 pounds of smoked Siluriformes products that were not presented at the U.S. point of entry for inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The dried, smoked Siluriformes items were produced during the month of August 2018. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF only)]

  • 1-lb. plastic-wrapped packages of dried, smoked Siluriformes containing “picante fishes spicy catfish smoked with tomatoe pepper sauce ready to eat now!!!!!” and manufacturing date “MFD: 8/2018” and best buy date “BB: 2/2019” on the label.

The products were imported from Nigeria, a country that is not eligible to export Siluriformes to the United States. These items were shipped to retail distribution locations in Texas.              

The problem was discovered on August 28, 2018 by FSIS through routine monitoring of eligibility of imported products.

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

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 Olufela Yemitan at (832) 788-5423.

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 Aug 29, 2018

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