|Company letter received at Safetyalerts 9-27-00
The recall posted at this site is actually a downstream
part of a previous recall listed on this site on May 17, 2000. In April 2000, A.C. Humko,
a supplier of parboiled rice, recalled approximately 10 million pounds of rice that had a
possibility of containing small diameter wire ranging in length of 7mm to 12mm. This
recall was classified as a Class II recall, with a low probability of causing injury or
illness. Customers that had received the affected Zatarains product were notified on
April 14, 2000. Zatarains was listed as one of the products produced and recalled on
the 5/17/2000 Safety Alerts posting.
Zatarains received approximately 400,000 pounds of the affected rice, with shipments
as far back as February 25, 2000. This rice is used to manufacture the rice mix dinners.
Upon notification by A.C. Humko, Zatarains immediately put the Zatarain warehouse
product on hold and started the process of identifying the recipients of the affected lot
codes, notifying the customers of the recall, isolating the product to prevent the product
from returning to the retail shelves and destroying the dinners.
NO wire fragments were found. The theoretical amount of contamination was one piece to
every 40,000 pounds of rice.
The entire identified affected product has been destroyed and the company considers this