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Texas food firm hit with 15t recall

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Texas-based food producer Ajinomoto Windsor has recalled 15 tonnes (35,168 pounds) of frozen ready-to-eat beef products that may be contaminated with rubber.

US, Texas-based Ajinomoto Windsor has recalled over 15t of frozen beef taquito products, due to possible foreign matter contamination, specifically rubber with plastic, according to food safety officials.
The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) claimed the frozen beef taquito products were produced on 30 December 2016.

Ajinomoto Windsor was alerted to the possible foreign matter contamination after two customers complained of finding pieces of rubber with white plastic inside their food.

FSIS said the foreign material originated from Ajinomoto Windsor’s processing equipment.

The recalled products

60-oz plastic bags inside a corrugated carton labelled:  JOSÉ OLÉ TAQUITOS BEEF CARNE DE RES IN CORN TORTILLAS Crispy and Crunchy. Case codes: 3366365A, 3366365B, 3366365C, 3366365D and a best-by date of 30 December 2017. 

The meat products were delivered to retail sites in nine US states: California, Florida, Illinois, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wyoming.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number Est. M-5590 inside the USDA mark of inspection.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.

It is not the first time in recent memory that Ajinomoto Windsor has needed to issue a recall. In May 2016, the company had to recall 47,112,256 pounds of meat and poultry over listeria fears.

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