Ruiz Food Products, Inc. has issued a recall of their breakfast burrito products. Over 55,000 products have been recalled due to concerns of foreign object contamination in the food. Read on to find out if you’ve purchased any affected burritos.
What Items Are Recalled?
Ruiz Food Products is based in Florence, South Carolina, and sells products all over the US. If you’ve purchased any 3.38-lb. value packs containing 12 individually wrapped, 4.5-oz. “EL MONTEREY Signature BURRITO EGG, SAUSAGE & CHEESE,” products, then you need to check the packaging. The products in question were all produced on October 15 and bear a production code of 19288.
Additionally, all of the recalled products sport a “best-by” date of January 15, 2021 and an establishment number “EST 45694” on both the main packaging and the individually-wrapped burrito items.
If you’ve got any of the recalled items in your freezer, don’t eat them! Just toss them out. They could have a foreign object contaminant in them.
What’s the Reason for the Recall?
Ruiz Foods alerted the FSIS that their products may have a foreign object contaminant within. Three different customers complained of semi-rigid white plastic found inside their breakfast burritos, establishing a pattern.
These pieces of plastic could cause injury to the inside of the mouth if unnoticed when one bites down. The plastic could also pose a serious choking hazard to a young child.
Additionally, plastic contaminants within food products may not be properly sterilized, so even if you were to avoid chomping down on the plastic, the food could be sporting bacteria or other contaminants.
If you still have your receipt, you can return the recalled products to the store you bought them for a refund. Even if you don’t have the receipt, you should dispose of the recalled products; they’re too dangerous to attempt to eat.
Customers with any questions about the recall can reach Ruiz Foods Products Inc., Consumer Line at (800) 772-6474. For any questions relating to government regulations involving recalls, the public can contact the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline.