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Texas Firm Recalls Beef and Chicken Products

10 March 2010

US - Windsor Foods is recalling approximately 1.7 million pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) beef taquito and chicken quesadilla products that may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The packages of beef taquito and chicken quesadilla products contain as an ingredient the specific Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP), which was previously recalled, the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a recall of the HVP product on 4 March. A recall of the ready-to-eat taquito and quesadilla products containing the HVP was needed because of the determination that the HVP ingredient was added after Salmonella prevention steps were applied.

Each of the beef taquito cartons subject to recall bear a label with establishment number "EST. 5590" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The chicken quesadilla boxes subject to recall bear the USDA mark of inspection, with the establishment number "EST. P34708" located separately on each box. These products were distributed to foodservice and retail establishments nationwide.

Windsor Foods has operations in Lampasas, Texas, and Oakland, Mississippi.

The FDA said on 4 March that it had conducted an investigation after a customer of an FDA regulated firm reported finding Salmonella in the HVP ingredient. This resulted in the subsequent recall of the contaminated HVP products.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers (including restaurants) of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

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