OAKLAND – Windsor Foods is recalling approximately 1.7 million pounds of ready-to-eat beef taquito and chicken quesadilla products that may be contaminated with Salmonella.
The contamination is the result of an ingredient, hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP), manufactured by Basic Food Flavors of Las Vegas Nev., which was previously recalled, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced last week.
Windsor Foods, which has operations in Lampasas, Texas, as well as its Oakland plant, is one of dozens of food manufacturers using the Nevada company’s flavoring products, said Windsor Senior Vice President Lynn Hall.
According to Food and Drug Administration reports, Basic Food Flavors had continued to make and distribute HVP even after it learned of the contamination.
The company discovered the presence of Salmonella around Jan. 21, but continued to manufacture the HVP pastes and powders until Feb. 20 under the same processing conditions. The FDA believes the contamination may date as far back as September 2009.
So far, no illnesses have been associated with any of the recalled products and according to the FDA the health risk is considered low because most products containing HVP are cooked during processing, destroying the bacteria. Ready-to-eat products, however, would carry a higher risk of causing illness.