Food Safety and Inspection Service
United States Department of Agriculture
Washington, D.C. 20250-3700
News and Information
USDA ANNOUNCES CORRECTED INFORMATION IN RHSCO BURRITO RECALL
WASHINGTON, October 2, 1998--RHSCO Enterprises, a Chicago food
processing firm, has provided USDA with corrected information on a September 18 voluntary
product recall of about 43,160 pounds of beef and bean burritos associated with short-term
illness that consists of nausea and vomiting.
Product that may be identified by consumers includes all 5-oz. beef
and cheese burritos bearing "Est. 1132" inside the USDA inspection seal. The
product names and the last 4 digits of the Universal Product Code (UPC) on the product
label can also aid consumers in identifying the products. They are:
"LA MARCA RED HOT CHUNKY BEEF AND BEAN BURRITO" (last 4 digits of Universal
Product Code are 8966);
"TANGO RED HOT BEEF AND BEAN BURRITO, TEXTURED VEGETABLE PROTEIN ADDED (last 4
digits of UPC are 8966);
"LA MARCA BEEF AND BEAN BURRITO" (last 4 digits of UPC are 8960); and
"TANGO BEEF AND BEAN BURRITO, TEXTURED VEGETABLE PROTEIN ADDED" (last 4
digits of UPC are 9110).
"Because of the potential hazard, we urge consumers to avoid
eating the recalled products," said Thomas J. Billy, administrator of USDA's Food
Safety and Inspection Service. "We urge consumers who may have purchased suspect
product to return it to the place of purchase," Billy said.
On September 18, FSIS requested the company to recall products sold
to institutions after it was learned that the product was epidemiologically linked to
outbreaks of vomiting among students in schools in Kansas and Georgia. In follow-up
investigation of that recall, FSIS enforcement officials learned that the product had also
been distributed at retail outlets in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and
Tennessee. In Tennessee and perhaps in other states the product has been sold in vending
Consumers with questions about the recall may phone the toll-free
USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-800-535-4555. The hotline can be reached from 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday.