Windsor issues recall over Salmonella concerns

by Bryan Salvage
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WASHINGTON — Windsor Foods, with operations in Lampasas, Texas, and Oakland, Miss., is recalling approximately 1.7 million lbs. of ready-to-eat 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 (H.V.P.), which was previously recalled, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (F.S.I.S.) announced.

On March 4, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced a recall of the H.V.P. product. A recall of the ready-to-eat taquito and quesadilla products containing the H.V.P. was warranted due to the determination that the H.V.P. ingredient was added after Salmonella prevention steps were applied.

Each of the beef taquito cartons subject to recall bear a label with establishment number "EST. 5590" inside the U.S.D.A. mark of inspection. The chicken quesadilla boxes subject to recall bear the U.S.D.A. mark of inspection, with the establishment number "P-34708" located separately on each box. These products were distributed to foodservice and retail establishments nationwide. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on F.S.I.S.' web site.

F.S.I.S. has received no reports of illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

According to F.D.A.'s March 4 press release, the agency conducted an investigation after a customer of an F.D.A.-regulated firm reported finding Salmonella in the H.V.P. ingredient. This resulted in the subsequent recall of the contaminated H.V.P. products.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers (including restaurants) of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.
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