WASHINGTON — Ajinomoto Windsor, Inc., a Lampasas, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 35,168 pounds of frozen ready-to-eat beef taquito products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically rubber with plastic, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.
The items were produced Dec. 30, 2016.
The products subject to recall are 60-ounce plastic bags inside of a corrugated carton labeled as “José Olé Taquitos Beef Carne De Res In Corn Tortillas Crispy and Crunchy,” with case codes 3366365A, 3366365B, 3366365C, 3366365D, and a Best By date of Dec. 30, 2017.
The products subject to recall bear establishment number “Est. M-5590” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations in California, Florida, Illinois, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wyoming.
The problem surfaced when Ajinomoto Windsor, Inc. received two consumer complaints of foreign material in its ready-to-eat beef products on March 14 and March 21. The foreign materials were pieces of rubber with white plastic that originated from the establishment's processing equipment.
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.
FSIS urges consumers who have purchased these products not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.
FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.
Consumers with questions about the recall can contact General Counsel Paul Taylor at 909-477-4800.
Consumers with food safety questions can visit AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov, an FSIS virtual representative website.
The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline is 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854), available in English and Spanish from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday.
The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem can also be accessed 24 hours a day.