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Several brands of taquitos and chimicangas are included in a health warning because they may contain plastic. (Photo: USDA)

Different types of frozen beef and chicken taquitos and chimicangas are included in a new public health notice because they may contain plastic.

The Department of Agriculture’s food safety and inspection service issued the alert on Saturday for ready-made products that contain “diced green chillies that were recalled by the manufacturer, Sun Valley Foods, due to concerns that the products could be contaminated with foreign materials, especially hard plastic. “

According to the warning, “plastic may present a choking hazard or cause damage to the teeth or gums”.

Select products under the José Olé brand, Casa Mamita and Walmart’s Great Value are listed in the USDA notice.

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USDA is urging consumers not to consume these products and says they should be thrown out or returned. There were no “confirmed reports of adverse reactions from the consumption of these products”.

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The products were manufactured by Ajinomoto Foods North America Inc. in Lampasas, Texas and San Diego and shipped to nationally owned stores. The products have the factory number “EST 5590”, “P5590” or “EST. 17417” printed on the packaging above the expiry date.

“FSIS is issuing this public health notice with the utmost caution to ensure that consumers are aware that these products, which carry the USDA check mark, should not be consumed,” said the warning.

The products concerned are:

  • 19.2 oz box containing 16 pieces labeled “Stuffed Chicken Taquitos Tortillas Stuffed with White Chicken Meat and Monterey Jack Cheese” with a better if used by the date of “11 JUL 2021” and “P5590” printed on the side panel.
  • 20-ounce box containing 20 pieces labeled “Casa Mamita Beef Taquitos rolled in corn tortillas” with an expiration date of “26 JUNE 2021” and “EST 5590” printed on the side panel.
  • 22.5 oz carton containing 15 pieces labeled “Chicken and Cheese Taquitos Casa Rolled in Flour Tortillas” with an expiration date of “26 JUNE 2021” and “P5590” printed on the side panel.
  • 15 oz box containing 15 taquitos labeled “Chicken Y Queso Chicken and José Qué cheese in flour tortillas” with an expiration date of “08 JUL 2021” or “18 JUL 2021” and “P5590” printed on the side panel.
  • 20-oz. box containing 20 taquitos labeled as “José Olé Taquitos. Beef res in corn tortillas” with an expiration date of “08 JUL 2021” and “EST 5590” printed on the side panel.
  • 22.5 oz carton containing 15 taquitos labeled “Chicken and cheese Taquitos José Olé Pollo Y Queso in flour tortillas” with an expiration date of “09 JUL 2021”, “14 JUL 2021” or “17 JUL 2021″ and ” P5590 “printed on the side panel.
  • 55.5 ounce box containing 37 taquitos labeled as “José Olé Value Pack Taquitos Chicken and cheese Chicken Questo in flour tortillas” with better if used by the date of “15 JUL 2021” and “P5590” printed on the side panel .
  • 60oz box containing 60 taquitos labeled as “José Olé Taquitos. Beef res in corn tortillas” with better if used by the date of “9 JUL 2021” or “10 JUL 2021” and “EST 5590” printed on the side panel.
  • 5oz plastic bag containing “José Olé Chimichangas Loaded Beef Nacho” with an expiration date of “15 JUL 2021” and “EST. 17417” printed on the label.

According to the USDA, Ajinomoto Foods North America, Inc. discovered the problem “when they identified hard plastic pieces in their production process and in a barrel of diced green chillies that was received by their ingredient supplier, Sun Valley. Foods “.

Consumers with questions can contact Ajinomoto Foods at 855-742-5011

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