Potentially tainted cilantro leads to Caesar salad kit recall
Real Mex Foods, a Vernon, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 77,688 pounds of Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad Kits. The salad kits include dressing made with cilantro that is the subject of a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recall by Fresco Green Farms Inc., due to possible Salmonella contamination, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced.
The products subject to recall are 36-oz. trays and 18-lb. cases that contain eight 36-oz. trays of "El Torito Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad Kit." The products subject to recall bear the establishment number "P-4140" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The cases bear any of the following sell by dates: "08/23/12," "08/30/12," "09/06/12," or "09/14/12." The trays bear the same sell by dates in the following format: "082312," "083012," "090612," or "091412." Each case is also marked with an identifying item number of "24203." The products were produced between July 23, 2012, and August 6, 2012, and distributed to retail establishments in California.
FSIS was alerted to the problem by Real Mex Foods. The company was informed by a supplier that the cilantro used in the product is subject to an FDA recall. FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of this product.