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3.3 million pounds of meat and poultry products recalled

Ruiz Food Products, Inc. in Texas and Bakkavor Foods USA, Inc., with facilities in California, North Carolina and Pennsylvania, both are recalling approximately 3.3 million pounds of ready-to-eat meat and poultry products that contain an onion ingredient that may be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes.

The recall alert was released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) over the weekend.

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Ruiz Food Products Inc., based in Denison, Texas, is recalling approximately 2,490,593 pounds of ready-to-eat meat and poultry taquitos, produced from July 1 through Oct. 10, 2018.

The following products are subject to recall:

  • 4.5-lbs. cardboard cases containing 24-count Go-Go Taquitos “Beef Taco & Cheese Taquitos” with a case code 86183 printed on the label.
  • 4.5-lbs. cardboard cases containing 24-count Go-Go Taquitos “Buffalo Style Cooked Glazed Chicken Taquitos” with a case code 86006 printed on the label.
  • 4.5-lbs. cardboard cases containing 24-count Go-Go Taquitos “Chipotle Chicken Wrapped in A Battered Flour Tortilla” with a case code 86019 printed on the label.

The products subject to recall bear establishment numbers “17523A or P-17523A” and “45694 or P-45694” in the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to distributors nationwide.

According to the FSIS statement, the problem was discovered on October 16 when Ruiz Food products, Inc. received notification that the diced onions used in the production of their beef and cheese taquitos were being recalled by their supplier due to Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella concerns.

Bakkavor Foods USA, Inc., with locations in Carson, California, Charlotte, N.C. and Jessup, Pennsylvania, is also recalling approximately 795,261 pounds of ready-to-eat meat and poultry products that contain an onion ingredient that may be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes.

The ready-to-eat meat and poultry items were produced from Sept. 27, 2017 through Oct. 15, 2018.

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The following products are subject to recall:

  • 16-oz. plastic-wrapped with paperboard sleeve packages containing HARRIS TEETER FRESH FOODS MARKET DELI-BAKERY brand “BBQ STYLE CHICKEN ARTISAN PIZZA,” with “Use By” dates from 01/07/19 through 04/11/19 (inclusive) printed on the case packaging.
  • 8-oz. butcher-paper wrapped packages containing HARRIS TEETER FRESH FOODS MARKET DELI-BAKERY brand “CHICKEN SAUSAGE, EGG WHITE and CHEESE BREAKFAST BURRITO,” with “Use By” dates from 01/24/18 through 10/25/18 (inclusive) printed on the case packaging.
  • 8-oz. butcher-paper wrapped packages containing HARRIS TEETER FRESH FOODS MARKET DELI-BAKERY brand “BACON, EGG and CHEESE BURRITO,” with “Use By” dates from 01/24/18 through 10/25/18 (inclusive) printed on the case packaging.
  • 10-oz. butcher-paper wrapped packages containing “TRADER JOE’S CARNITAS WITH SALSA VERDE Burrito,” with “Use By” dates from 10/08/17 through 10/24/18 (inclusive) printed on the retail packaging.

The products subject to recall bear establishment numbers “EST. 19198,” “P-19198,” “EST. 46937” or “EST. 45335,” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.

Although the two companies have not named their onion supplier, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported in a statement on October 19 that the agency, in coordination with the Department of Agriculture, ” is investigating possible Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes contamination of several vegetable products from McCain Foods USA, Inc., that has led to the recall of a number of products including salads and wraps that used the vegetables from McCain Foods as ingredients.”

So far there have been no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.

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