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Millions of Pounds of Food Recalled Over Salmonella, Listeria Fears

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Millions of pounds of taquitos were recalled because of concern about possible salmonella and listeria contamination. (Foodio/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Tuesday, 23 October 2018 10:51 AM

Millions of pounds of food have been recalled across the U.S. due to salmonella and listeria concerns in the past few weeks.

Last week the United States Department of Agriculture announced a recall of 2.5 million pounds of taquitos from Ruiz Food Products due to possible salmonella and listeria contamination.

The company was first alerted to the issue on Oct. 16 by their supplier, which was concerned that the diced onions used in the production of their beef and cheese taquitos, that were distributed nationwide, may be contaminated with listeria and salmonella.

There have been no serious illnesses reported but the USDA said the products, which were produced from July 1 through Oct. 1, may be in consumers' refrigerators.

The products subject to recall bear establishment numbers "17523A or P-17523A" and "45694 or P-45694" in the USDA mark of inspection and consumers should throw them away or return them to where they were purchased.

Last week the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Preventions announced an outbreak of drug-resistant salmonella that left 92 people sick across 29 states after they came into contact with raw chicken products believed to be from various contaminated sources.

No deaths were reported but the CDC noted the illness has led to 21 hospitalizations.

In a separate incident. 6.5 million pounds of beef products were recalled by a U.S. unit of Brazil's JBS SA over concerns that the meat may have been contaminated with salmonella.

At least 57 people in 16 states fell ill after consuming contaminated ground beef products made from meat traced back to JBS.

The CDC listed 17 reports of salmonella outbreaks for 2018, which did not include the latest recall by Ruiz Food Products.

Most people who get sick from salmonella recover within a week, however, it can be fatal, especially among young children, the frail and elderly, and people with weakened immune systems.

Symptoms include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain but in certain circumstances, the infection can lead to more severe illnesses such as arterial infections, endocarditis and arthritis.

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