Fish Sauce, Tiparos brand - No Longer Sold in USA, 25 oz
Fish Sauce, Mae Noi brand - Recommended Substitute
In May 2014 the US FDA stopped allowing imports of Tiparos brand fish sauce. This is our summary of why FDA made that decision, based on records that are available to the public.
As a direct importer of food products from Thailand, including fish sauce, we are familiar with the US FDA and how to comply with their strict procedures.
In March 2014 the Acting Director of the Office of Compliance, Center for Food Safety, Department of Health and Human Services, sent a "Warning Letter" to the Managing Director of the company that produces Tiparos fish sauce. In this letter, various concerns were outlined which reference an inspection of the facility. Specifically, Tiparos was deviating from the FDA's Seafood HACCP requirements. The letter mentions that Tiparos should monitor temperatures of fish as they are off-loaded from harvest vessels, and improve reord-keeping, among other things.
Tiparos did not respond to the letter, so US FDA stopped allowing Tiparos entry through US ports.
Tiparos had a street appeal, being the familiar fish sauce served throughout Thailand as an everyday pedestrian favorite. Restaurant chefs love the squeeze bottle for ease of use when cooking. Premium quality, familiar taste, and the best value price. You can see Tiparos in many of our Thai street vendor videos.
In 2015 there's a new brand in the maket with a remarkable similarity to Tiparos, called "Mae Noi". This brand is packed in what looks to be the same bottle, and the fish sauce itself has a similar flavor. If you liked Tiparos before, we suggest you try Mae Noi.
We believe that Tra Chang brand is more tasty, but many customers know what flavor they like, and they choose the plastic bottle pedestrian flavor of Tiparos.
Please see our photo tour and explanation of exactly how fish sauce is made.
Mae Noi is packed in the same large 25 oz plastic bottle. Ingredients: anchovy extract, water, salt, sugar. Product of Thailand. We also offer four other brands of fish sauce.