Attention: Catfish Company Recalls 34.5 Tons of Fish


The discovery of a banned substance in a massive delivery of fish has forced a Mississippi Delta-based fish company to issue a recall of its product.

These items were shipped to retail locations in Texas, as well as Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, and Illinois, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Heartland Catfish Company on Friday recalled 69,016 pounds, or 34.5 tons, of catfish products believed to be contaminated with leucomalachite green.

During routine FSIS sampling early March, violative levels of leucomalachite green were discovered in the products. Also known as malachite green, leucomalachite green is an effective topical fungicide that has been implemented in certain countries to treat external fungal and parasitic infections in fish and is also used as a fish hatchery disinfectant.

The various fresh and frozen, raw, intact products were produced on February 16.

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.

Consumers and media with questions about the recall can contact Danny Walker, Heartland Catfish Company, at (662) 254-7100.

The following products are subject to recall:

  • 30-lb. packages of fresh “Catfish Whole Bloody 32 oz. & Up” with Daycode 021618 and Product Code 05411.
  • 30-lb. packages of fresh “Catfish Whole Bloody 40 oz. & Up” with Daycode 021618 and Product Code 05161.
  • 15-lb. packages of frozen “5 – 7 oz. Catfish Fillet Split” with Daycode 021628-1 and Product Code 3872686.
  • 15-lb. packages of frozen “Catfish, Fillet 2-3 oz” with Daycode 021618-1 and Product Code 11010.
  • 15-lb. packages of frozen “Catfish, Fillet 2-3 oz” with Daycode 021618-4 and Product Code 11010.
  • 15-lb. packages of frozen “Catfish, Fillet 3-5 oz” with Daycode 021618-4 and Product Code 11020.
  • 15-lb. packages of frozen “Catfish, Fillet 4-5 oz” with Daycode 021618-4 and Product Code 11490
  • 15-lb. packages of frozen “Catfish, Fillet 4.75-5.75 oz” with Daycode 021618-1 and Product Code 11180.
  • 15-lb. packages of frozen “Catfish, Fillet 4.75-5.75 oz” with Daycode 021618-4 and Product Code 11180.
  • 15-lb. packages of frozen “Catfish, Fillet 5-7 oz” with Daycode 021618-1 and Product Code 11030.
  • 15-lb. packages of frozen “Catfish, Fillet 5-7 oz” with Daycode 021618-4 and Product Code 11030.
  • 15-lb. packages of frozen “Catfish, Fillet 7-9 oz” with Daycode 021618-1 and Product Code 11040.
  • 15-lb. packages of frozen “Catfish, Fillet 9-12 oz” with Daycode 021618-1 and Product Code 11050.
  • 15-lb. packages of frozen “Catfish, Fillet 12 & UP” with Daycode 021618-1 and Product Code 11060.
  • 15-lb. packages of frozen “Catfish, Fillet 4-5 oz Split” with Daycode 021618-1 and Product Code 11910.
  • 15-lb. packages of frozen “Catfish, Fillet Irregular” with Daycode 021618-1 and Product Code 81000.
  • 15-lb. packages of frozen “Catfish, Fillet Irregular” with Daycode 021618-4 and Product Code 81000.
  • 15-lb. packages of frozen “Catfish Nugget” with Daycode 021618-1 and Product Code 31000.
  • 15-lb. packages of frozen “Catfish Nugget” with Daycode 021618-4 and Product Code 31000.
  • 15-lb. packages of frozen “Catfish Portions 3-5 oz” with Daycode 021618-1 and Product Code 21606.
  • 15-lb. packages of frozen “Catfish Portion 3-5 oz” with Daycode 021618-4 and Product Code 21606.
  • 15-lb. packages of frozen “Catfish Shank Fillet 3 – 5 oz.” with Daycode 021618-1 and Product Code 574636.
  • 15-lb. packages of fresh “Catfish Shank Fillet 2-3 Dry Pack” with Daycode 021618 and Product Code 10010.
  • 15-lb. packages of fresh “Catfish Shank Fillet 3-5 Dry Pack” with Daycode 021618 and Product Code 10020.
  • 15-lb. packages of fresh “Catfish Shank Fillet 3.4-4.4 Dry Pack” with Daycode 021618 and Product Code 10480.
  • 15-lb. packages of fresh “Catfish Shank Fillet 5-7 Dry Pack” with Daycode 021618 and Product Code 10030.
  • 15-lb. packages of fresh “Catfish Shank Fillet 5&UP Dry Pack” with Daycode 021618 and Product Code 10240.
  • 15-lb. packages of fresh “Catfish Shank Fillet 6-15 Dry Pack” with Daycode 021618 and Product Code 10400.
  • 15-lb. packages of fresh “Catfish Shank Fillet 7-9 Dry Pack” with Daycode 021618 and Product Code 10040.
  • 15-lb. packages of fresh “Catfish Shank Fillet 7-9 Dry Pack*” with Daycode 021618 and Product Code 10042.
  • 15-lb. packages of fresh “Catfish Shank Fillet 9-12 Dry Pack” with Daycode 021618 and Product Code 10050.
  • 15-lb. packages of fresh “Catfish Shank Fillet 10-12 Dry Pack” with Daycode 021618 and Product Code 10360.
  • 15-lb. packages of fresh “Catfish Shank Fillet 12 UP Dry Pack” with Daycode 021618 and Product Code 10060.
  • 15-lb. packages of fresh “Catfish Whole 5-8 Dry Pack” with Daycode 021618 and Product Code 00080.
  • 15-lb. packages of fresh “Catfish Whole 7-16 Dry Pack” with Daycode 021618 and Product Code 00185.
  • 15-lb. packages of fresh “Catfish Whole 7-13 Dry Pack” with Daycode 021618 and Product Code 00190.
  • 15-lb. packages of fresh “Catfish Whole 8-16 Dry Pack” with Daycode 021618 and Product Code 00130.
  • 15-lb. packages of fresh “Catfish Whole 8-16 Dry Pack*” with Daycode 021618 and Product Code 00132.
  • 15-lb. packages of frozen “Catfish Whole 2-6 oz” with Daycode 021618-1 and Product Code 01070.
  • 15-lb. packages of frozen “Catfish Whole 5-8 oz” with Daycode 021618-4 and Product Code 01080.
  • 15-lb. packages of frozen “Catfish Whole 7-9 oz” with Daycode 021618-1 and Product Code 01040.
  • 15-lb. packages of frozen “Catfish Whole 7-9 oz” with Daycode 021618-4 and Product Code 01040.
  • 15-lb. packages of frozen “Catfish Whole 11-13 oz” with Daycode 021618-1 and Product Code 01100.
  • 15-lb. packages of frozen “Catfish Whole 13-15 oz” with Daycode 021618-1 and Product Code 01110.
  • 15-lb. packages of frozen “Catfish Whole 15-17 oz” with Daycode 021618-1 and Product Code 01120.
  • 15-lb. packages of frozen “Texas Roadhouse Catfish Splits” with Daycode 021618-4 and Product Code 11920TX.
  • 15-lb. packages of frozen “Texas Roadhouse Catfish Splits” with Daycode 021618-1 and Product Code 11920TX.