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Tacos recalled as urgent product warning issued

A taco product has been recalled over concerns it contains the bacteria that causes listeria.

Rizo-López Foods and Fresh Creations Foods have recalled a chicken taco kit because it contains a dairy product that may contain the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes. The company’s Feb. 12 announcement on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website follows a broader recall of Rizo-López dairy products that may also contain listeria.

The latest recall involves the Chicken Street Taco Kit with a UPC number of 205916414990 and a best before date between November 29, 2023 and March 4, 2024. The affected product was sold at Sprouts stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina. and Tennessee.

The FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are “investigating illnesses related to a multi-year, multi-state outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections linked to queso fresco and cotija cheeses manufactured by Rizo-López Foods,” the release said.

News week contacted Rizo-López Foods and Sprouts via email for comment outside of normal business hours.

According to product images provided by the FDA, the product comes in a black tray with an off-white label with the product name in black letters. The product contains six servings of tacos. No illnesses have been reported so far from consuming the taco kit.

Chicken Tacos
An image of a plate of chicken tacos. The recalled product contains dairy components that may be contaminated with Listeria.

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Anyone who purchased the product is asked to throw it away or return it to the point of purchase for a full refund. The FDA also urges “anyone who purchased or received recalled products to exercise increased vigilance when cleaning and disinfecting all surfaces and containers that may have come into contact with these products to reduce the risk cross-contamination.

This is one of several dairy-containing food products made by Rizo-López Foods that have recently been recalled, with 111 products currently recalled according to the FDA. Ready Pac Foods also voluntarily recalled four salad kits containing items made by the company due to the potential presence of listeria.

Rizo Lopez Foods CEO Edwin Rizo said News week on February 7: “As soon as we became aware of this, we made the immediate decision to stop production and voluntarily recall all of our products manufactured in our factory.

“We are working hard and diligently to find the root cause of the problem and take corrective action to prevent it from happening again. The health and well-being of our customers is our top priority. We have always sought to provide products of the highest quality. and we are committed to doing what it takes to protect the health of our consumers.”

Listeria can cause life-threatening illnesses in children, the elderly, pregnant people, and those with weakened immune systems. According to the FDA, symptoms may appear in the days and weeks after infection.

Mild symptoms may include fever, muscle aches, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. If a more serious infection occurs, it can cause headaches, neck stiffness, loss of balance, confusion and seizures.