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Frozen taquitos and chimichangas recalled due to plastic contamination


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  • Aug. 03, 2020 - 12:18 PM

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Frozen taquitos and chimichangas recalled due to plastic contamination

Photo courtesy FSIS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued a public health alert for ready-to-eat beef and chicken taquitos and chimichangas products due to concerns that the products may be contaminated with hard plastic.

The hard plastic may pose a choking hazard or cause damage to teeth or gums, according to the FSIS.

“FSIS is issuing this public health alert out of the utmost caution to ensure that consumers are aware that these products, which bear the USDA mark of inspection, should not be consumed,” according to a release from the FSIS.

The frozen, ready-to-eat meat and poultry taquitos and chimichangas were produced by Ajinomoto Foods North America Inc. establishments in Lampasas, Texas, and San Diego, California.

The following products are subject to the public health alert:

  • 19.2-ounce carton containing 16 pieces labeled “Great Value Flour Chicken Taquitos Tortillas Stuffed with All White Chicken Meat & Monterey Jack Cheese” with a best if used by date of “11 JUL 2021” and “P5590” printed on the side panel.
  • 20-ounce carton containing 20 pieces labeled “CASA MAMITA BEEF TAQUITOS ROLLED IN CORN TORTILLAS” with a best by date of “26 JUN 2021” and “EST 5590” printed on the side panel.
  • 22.5-ounce carton containing 15 pieces labeled “CASA MAMITA CHICKEN AND CHEESE TAQUITOS ROLLED IN FLOUR TORTILLAS” with a best by date of “26 JUN 2021” and “P5590” printed on the side panel.
  • 15-ounce carton containing 15 taquitos labeled “JOSÉ OLÉ TAQUITOS CHICKEN AND CHEESE POLLO Y QUESO IN FLOUR TORTILLAS” with a best by date of “08 JUL 2021” or “18 JUL 2021” and “P5590” printed on the side panel.
  • 20-ounce carton containing 20 taquitos labeled “JOSÉ OLÉ TAQUITOS BEEF CARNE DE RES IN CORN TORTILLAS” with a best by date of “08 JUL 2021” and “EST 5590” printed on the side panel.
  • 22.5-ounce carton containing 15 taquitos labeled “JOSÉ OLÉ TAQUITOS CHICKEN AND CHEESE POLLO Y QUESO IN FLOUR TORTILLAS” with a best by date of “09 JUL 2021,” “14 JUL 2021” or “17 JUL 2021” and “P5590” printed on the side panel.
  • 55.5-ounce carton containing 37 taquitos labeled “JOSÉ OLÉ VALUE PACK TAQUITOS CHICKEN AND CHEESE POLLO Y QUESO IN FLOUR TORTILLAS” with a best if used by date of “15 JUL 2021” and “P5590” printed on the side panel.
  • 60-ounce carton containing 60 taquitos labeled “JOSÉ OLÉ TAQUITOS BEEF CARNE DE RES IN CORN TORTILLAS” with a best if used by date of “9 JUL 2021” or “10 JUL 2021,” and “EST 5590” printed on the side panel.
  • 5-ounce individual plastic bag labeled “JOSÉ OLÉ CHIMICHANGAS LOADED BEEF NACHO” with a best by date of “15 JUL 2021” and “EST 17417” printed on the label.

The products bear the establishment number “EST 5590,” “P5590” or “EST 17417” printed on the packaging above the expiration date. These products were shipped to retail locations nationwide, according to the FSIS.

The problem was discovered by Ajinomoto Foods North America Inc. when they identified pieces of hard plastic in their production process and in a barrel of diced green chilies that was received from their ingredients supplier, Sun Valley Foods. Sun Valley Foods initiated a recall of the green chilies with the FDA.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products, according to the FSIS. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a health care provider.

The FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

Consumers with questions can contact Willis Hwang, consumer affairs manager at Ajinomoto Foods, at 855-742-5011.

Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative, available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov . The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem .