Nearly 2.5 million pounds of ready-to-eat chicken and beef taquitos have been recalled over concerns the products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella – two types of bacteria that commonly cause serious foodborne illnesses.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) says the recall stems from diced onions supplied to Ruiz Food Products Inc., the manufacturer of the taquitos. Ruiz Foods received a notification from its onion supplier on Oct. 16 that the onions used in the production of the taquitos could be contaminated with Listeria and Salmonella.
No confirmed reports of Listeria or Salmonella infections linked to the products have been received, but any consumers who have the recalled taquitos in their refrigerator or freezer are advised to throw them out or return unused portions to the store of purchase for a full refund.
The taquitos being recalled were made between July 1 and Oct. 10, 2018, and packaged in 4.5-pound boxes of 24.
The specific products included in the recall include:
- Go-Go “Beef Taco & Cheese Taquitos” with a case code 86183 printed on the label
- Go-Go “Buffalo Style Cooked Glazed Chicken Taquitos” with a case code 86006 printed on the label
- Go-Go “Chipotle Chicken Wrapped in A Battered Flour Tortilla” with a case code 86019 printed on the label
Eating food contaminated with salmonella can cause abdominal cramps, diarrhea, fever, and chills. Most cases of salmonella illness go away on their own, but more severe cases – especially in younger children, the elderly, and people in frail health, may require hospitalization. Salmonella infections usually last four to seven days.
Listeria illnesses (listeriosis) are generally more serious, with symptoms of fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea, vomiting, and other forms of gastrointestinal distress. Listeriosis poses a serious risk to older adults, people with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns, although the illness can seriously affect people outside of these high-risk groups.
Consumers with questions about the recall may contact the Ruiz Food Products, Inc. Consumer Hotline at 800-772-6474.