Burritos, Alaskan cod, meat and poultry entrees, and onion rings are among the latest frozen food products being recalled in the United States due to various safety concerns. No reports of injury or illness related to any of the products have been reported thus far.
The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on May 13 that Las Cruces, New Mexico-based Green Chile Food Company is recalling more than 252,000 pounds of frozen burritos containing beef and poultry because of possible listeria monocytogenes contamination. A routine sample of a beef and potato burrito detected the problem.
At least 12 different SKUs ready-to-eat items are subject to recall. Produced between March 8 and May 10 and shipped to customers in California, Illinois, Oregon and South Dakota, they have the establishment number EST. 21740 on packaging. Recipes range from Shredded Steak Burrito with Salsa, Monterey Jack, Green Chile, Onion, Rice and Jalapeño Peppers to Poblano Chicken Burrito.
Though there aren’t any confirmed reports of people getting sick after eating the burritos, the USDA cautions that listeria can cause serious illness, particularly among those who are elderly, pregnant, newborn or suffering from weak immune systems.
Dragnet for Alaskan Cod
Meanwhile, Seattle, Washington-headquartered Trident Seafoods Corporation issued a voluntary recall of select lots of 12-ounce boxes of Multi-Grain Alaskan Cod because they may contain small pieces of white plastic.
Consumption of the prepared fish may pose a choking hazard or other physical injury to the mouth. The source of contamination has been identified as inspection tags used by an ingredients supplier.
Recalled lot numbers with associated “Best By” dates are printed on one end of the individual retail cartons and on the case label, as follows: A633511, 11/30/2018; A636225, 12/27/2018.
Lot Number A633511 was distributed between December 1, 2016 and February 9, 2017 to customers in Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.
Lot Number A636225 was shipped between January 23 and February 17, 2017 to retail outlets in Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin. The products were stocked at Albertsons, Amazon, Cub Foods, Jewel, Morey’s, Plaza Extra, Shaw’s, Shoprite, Sprouts, SuperValu and Woodman’s stores.
Elsewhere, Pearl, Mississippi-based Valley Innovative Services, the maker of Traditions brand frozen prepared foods, is recalling approximately 130,071 pounds of meat and poultry entrées containing a non-meat ingredient (waffles) that may be tainted with Listeria monocytogenes. The heat-treated, not fully cooked items produced and packaged from May 2016 through May 2017, are:
Creamy Chicken Patty & Waffle with Four Seasons Vegetables and Cabbage; Creamy Chicken Patty & Waffle with Rib Meat with Cinnamon Flavored Sweet Potatoes and Seasoned Green Beans; Creamy Chicken Patty & Waffle with Cinnamon Flavored Sweet Potatoes and Four Seasons Vegetables; Turkey Ham & Waffle Cured Turkey Thigh meat Chunked and Formed with Fruit Cocktail and Hash Brown; Oatmeal with Waffle and Sausage Patty.
The foodservice products subject to recall bear establishment number EST. 18350 on packaging labels, and were shipped to institutions nationwide. The potentially contaminated waffle ingredient common to each item was supplied by an outside vendor.
Onion Rings Roundup
Eagle, Idaho-headquartered Lamb Weston is recalling 14-ounce bags of Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews Crispy Onion Rings because the product may contain an undeclared milk allergen. Packed by Fry Foods and sold in grocery stores, the onion rings are not served in Red Robin restaurants.
Details printed on the packages subject to recall are as follows: “Sell By” dates of October 28 and 29, 2018; UPC code 0 43301 61119 3; Package codes 6906711841 HH:MM and 6906711941 HH:MM.
Consumers who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they eat this product. They are urged to return the pack to the place of purchase for a full refund.
The recall was initiated after it was discovered that the contract manufacturer mistakenly placed product containing milk in packaging that did not reveal the presence of milk. Subsequent investigation indicates the onion rings did not meet Lamb Weston specifications.