Texas Firm recalls ready-to-eat beef product due to possible Salmonella contamination
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ruiz Foods, Inc., a Denison, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 15,700 pounds of a ready-to-eat (RTE) beef product that may be contaminated with Salmonella.
The packages of beef product contain as an ingredient the specific Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP), which was previously recalled, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Tuesday.
Due to potential Salmonella contamination, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a recall of the HVP product on March 4, 2010. A recall of the beef product was warranted because the HVP ingredient was added after Salmonella prevention steps were applied.
The products subject to recall include:
8.4 ounce boxes of "TORNADOS RANCHERO BEEF & CHEESE."
Each box contains 3 Tornados. "Est. 17523A" and code numbers "10023," "10028," "10030," "10031," or "10032" are ink jetted on the side panel. The RTE product was produced on Jan. 23, 2010, Jan. 28, 2010, Jan. 30, 2010, Jan. 31, 2010, and Feb. 1, 2010.
Ruiz Foods, Inc. distributes RTE beef product nationwide to retail and food service establishments. Only those products distributed for retail sale are subject to recall. All product distributed to food service establishments undergoes a lethality treatment to kill Salmonella before consumption.
FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with the consumption of these products. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a physician.
According to FDA's March 4, 2010 release, FDA 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 of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.