Ready-to-eat meat products recalled due to risk of salmonella

Nearly 2 million chicken and beef products from two different distributors are being recalled because the foods may be contaminated with salmonella, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

The recall includes approximately 1.7 million pounds of ready-to-eat beef taquito and chicken quesadilla products produced by Windsor Foods of Lampasas, Texas, and Oakland, Miss. An additional 115,700 pounds of ready-to-eat beef products made by Ruiz Foods in Denison, Texas are also being recalled. The packages of meat products from both companies contain an ingredient, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP) that was previously recalled by FSIS.

FSIS first announced a recall of the HVP product on March 4, 2010. The subsequent recall was initiated on the Windsor Foods and Ruiz Foods products because the HVP ingredient was added after salmonella prevention steps were applied.

Salmonella can cause a common bacterial food borne illness, which can be life threatening, especially to those with weak immune systems such as infants, the elderly, and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy. Symptoms of salmonella generally involve diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 72 hours of consumption. Additional symptoms that may develop include chills, headache, nausea, and vomiting that can last up to seven days.

For a full list of recalled products, visit the FSIS Web site