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Ready To Eat Beef Taquito and Chicken Quesadilla Products Recalled for Possible Salmonella


Washington, DC: Windsor Foods is recalling approximately 1.7 million pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) beef taquito and chicken quesadilla products that may be contaminated with Salmonella. The packages of beef taquito and chicken quesadilla products contain as an ingredient the specific Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP), which was previously recalled, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a recall of the HVP product on March 4, 2010. A recall of the ready-to-eat taquito and quesadilla products containing the HVP was warranted due to the determination that the HVP ingredient was added after Salmonella prevention steps were applied.

For a complete list of all the affected products, see the link below.

Each of the beef taquito cartons subject to recall bear a label with establishment number "EST. 5590" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The chicken quesadilla boxes subject to recall bear the USDA mark of inspection, with the establishment number "P-34708" located separately on each box. These products were distributed to foodservice and retail establishments nationwide.

Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. Salmonella infections can be life-threatening, especially to those with weak immune systems, such as infants, the elderly, and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy. The most common manifestations of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within eight to 72 hours. Additional symptoms may be chills, headache, nausea and vomiting that can last up to seven days.

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Published on Mar-10-10


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