A Message to Our Customers – Market Withdrawal of South Korean Shellfish

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Crown Prince Seafood announces that canned product (now in addition to fresh and frozen shellfish from Korea) was considered adulterated. Effective immediately, all wholesalers were asked to suspend shipments and retailers to withdraw South Korean shellfish from their shelves.

Crown Prince Whole Boiled Oysters, Natural Whole Boiled Oysters, Natural Smoked Oysters in Olive Oil and Natural Smoked Oysters with Red Chili Pepper

Crown Prince Whole Boiled Oysters, Natural Whole Boiled Oysters, Natural Smoked Oysters in Olive Oil and Natural Smoked Oysters with Red Chili Pepper

On Friday, May 25, 2012, at the end of the business day, the FDA issued a Constituent Update on shellfish from Korea. This update supplemented an announcement released on May 18th, clarifying that canned product (now in addition to fresh and frozen shellfish from Korea) was considered adulterated. The Constituent Update includes the statement that no U.S. illnesses from the consumption of Korean shellfish have been reported in 2012.

In light of the FDA Update of May 25th, effective immediately, Crown Prince is asking all of its wholesalers to suspend shipments and retailers to withdraw South Korean shellfish from their shelves. The affected products are:

Item UPC 0 73230 00052 2 – Crown Prince Whole Boiled Oysters
Item UPC 0 73230 00852 8 – Crown Prince Natural Whole Boiled Oysters
Item UPC 0 73230 00851 1 – Crown Prince Natural Smoked Oysters in Olive Oil
Item UPC 0 73230 00866 5 – Crown Prince Natural Smoked Oysters with Chili Pepper

This only affects oysters from South Korea. No other Crown Prince items or countries of origin are affected by this withdrawal.

Please note that this is a Class III Voluntary Market Withdrawal. A Class III Market Withdrawal indicates that the use of, or exposure to the food product is not likely to cause adverse health consequences.

It is the understanding of Crown Prince that negotiations between the South Korean and U.S. governments have been escalated and additional information will be provided in the near future. President of Crown Prince Seafood, Dustan Hoffman will be travelling to South Korea at the end of the week to further investigate this matter. Awaiting final decision, it is recommend toset aside any of the above products you may have pending further direction from FDA. Please continue to check our website for the most current updates.

Crown Prince Seafood appreciates your continued trust and patronage.
For additional information:

Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition Constituent Update
http://www.fda.gov/Food/NewsEvents/ConstituentUpdates/ucm304600.htm

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Dustan Hoffman
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