On July 15, 2023, Mulan Dumpling, LLC, recalled 1,560 pounds of frozen meat and poultry dumpling products that were produced due to the fact that they were not inspected by the proper federal authorities. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced the recall, citing the lack of federal inspection during the production process. The precautionary measure was set in place to protect consumers from the potential health risks of consuming uninspected food products.
The products that were recalled are labeled the following: “Mulan Dumpling Pork & Cabbage Dumplings”, “Mulan Dumpling Curry Seasoned Chicken Dumplings”, and “Mulan Dumpling Shrimp and Chive Dumplings”. These are all packaged in 8oz plastic bags containing ten pieces each.
These recalled products are labeled with the USDA mark of inspection, but that is false advertisement. They were manufactured in a factory that did not have a federal grant of inspection. The products were distributed to retail grocery stores in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
The FSIS received a referral from the Maryland Department of Health revealing that the meat and poultry dumpling products were being produced and sold by an uninspected establishment.
There have been no reported illnesses linked to these products so far, but individuals who are concerned about potential illnesses or reactions should seek medical advice.
The products have been removed from shelves. Consumers are strongly advised not to consume these products if they have purchased them. They should be discarded to the trash, or they can be returned for full price at the place of purchase.
The Federal inspection processes play a very important role in ensuring the safety and quality of food products available to customers. These inspections have various aspects, including verifying compliance with sanitation standards, evaluating product labeling, and conducting microbial testing. By enforcing these measures, authorities can identify and prevent potential health hazards associated with improperly produced or stored food items.
One national food poisoning lawyer stated: “Many food poisoning outbreaks happen solely because factories that produce the infected products do not follow proper protocol when it comes to sanitation. Hopefully, in this situation, no consumers have been harmed.”