AUSTIN, TX — Food regulators on Saturday issued a public health alert centered on ready-to-eat products distributed in Houston and San Antonio that may be contaminated with glass fragments.
The alert covering meat and poultry bowl products potentially contaminated with the extraneous material, was issued “…out of the utmost of caution to ensure that consumers are aware that these products should not be consumed,” officials with the Food Safety and Inspection Service unit of the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in an advisory.
Food regulators noted, however, that a recall was not requested as it’s believed the products are no longer available for consumers to purchase. According to the advisory, the potentially tained items were produced by Taylor Farms in Dallas on Oct. 5 and Oct. 6.
The following products are subject to the public health alert:
- 10-ounce plastic bowl package containing “MEAL SIMPLE SPAGHETTI SQUASH AND ALFREDO WITH CHICKEN” with lot code TFD279AU23 and best by 10/15/2020; or lot code TFD280AU23 and best by 10/16/2020.
- 10-ounce plastic bowl package containing “MEAL SIMPLE SPAGHETTI SQUASH WITH CHICKEN & PESTO” with lot code TFD279AU23 and best by 10/13/20; or lot code TDF280AU23 and best by 10/14/2020.
- 10-ounce plastic bowl package containing “MEAL SIMPLE SPAGHETTI SQUASH AND PEPPERONI” with lot code TDF279AU23 and best by 10/15/2020; or lot code TDF280AU23 and best by 10/16/2020.
- 11-ounce plastic bowl package containing “MEAL SIMPLE SPAGHETTI SQUASH AND MEATBALLS” with lot code TFD279AU23 and best by 10/13/2020; or lot code TFD280AU23 and best by 10/14/2020.
The products bear establishment number “P-34733” or “EST. 34733” within the USDA mark of inspection, regulators noted. The problem with these products distributed to retail locations in San Antonio and Houston was discovered when a Taylor Farms employee discovered pieces of glass in product during production, officials said in their advisory.
Regulators expressed worry some affected product may be in consumers’ refrigerators. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a health care provider. “Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them,” regulators wrote. “These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.”
Consumers with food safety questions can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or live chat via Ask USDA from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST Monday through Friday. Consumers can also browse food safety messages at Ask USDA or send a question via email to [email protected] For consumers that need to report a problem with a meat, poultry, or egg product, the online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at the Food Safety and Inspection Service portal on the U.S. Department of Agriculture website.