This time, the recall announcements come from the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service. On March 8, the FSIS announced a recall from Nestlé Professional North America, a Cleveland, Ohio company on approximately 6,000 pounds of a ready-to-eat (RTE) bacon base product that may be contaminated with Salmonella. On March 9, the USDA, FSIS and Ruiz Foods, Inc., a Denison, Texas company, announced a recall on approximately 115,700 pounds of a ready-to-eat (RTE) beef products that may also be contaminated with Salmonella.
As with much of the recent recalls issued by the FDA in the last week, the meat products from the two companies contain some of the Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (HVP) supplied by Basic Food Flavors of Nevada. That company was found to have Salmonella in its processing plant which resulted in the subsequent recall of the contaminated HVP products. Both products are under recall because the HVP was added after the Salmonella prevention steps were applied.
The Nestle Professional products under recall are the 1-lb. plastic cups of “MINOR’S BACON BASE.” Each package contains code numbers 92815489, 93095489, or 93385489 as well as the case code 00 074826 08606 7-00 G 11003264. Each case contains 6 cups and bears establishment number 1045 inside the USDA mark of inspection. The RTE product was produced on Oct. 8, 2009, Nov. 5, 2009, and Dec. 4, 2009.
The beef products from Ruiz foods under recall are the 8.4 ounce boxes of "TORNADOS RANCHERO BEEF & CHEESE." Each box contains 3 Tornados and marked with Est. 17523A on the side panel of the box. The code numbers of the recalled products are: 09357, 10023, 10028, 10030, 10031 and 10032. The products were produced on Dec. 23, 2009; Jan. 23, 2010; Jan. 28, 2010; Jan. 30, 2010; Jan. 31, 2010 and Feb. 1, 2010.
Ruiz Foods, Inc. distributes the RTE beef product nationwide to retail and food service establishments. Only those products distributed for retail sale are subject to recall. All products distributed to food service establishments undergo a treatment to kill Salmonella.
Consumers with questions regarding the Nestle products recall should contact the company Customer Services at (800) 243-8822.
Consumers with questions regarding the Ruiz Foods recall should contact the company's Consumer Line at 1-800-SPANISH or 1-800-772-6474.