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Public health alert issued for chicken and pork tamales

The products may contain pieces of hard plastic

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The Agriculture Department’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert for ready-to-eat (RTE) chicken and pork tamales.

The products, containing tomatoes in puree recalled by Tucson Tamale Wholesale Co., of Tucson, Ariz., may be contaminated with extraneous materials -- specifically hard plastic.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions.

The following frozen items, produced between October 22, 2020, and November 9, 2020, are subject to the public health alert:

  • Cases containing eight individually packed tamales with the labels “TUCSON TAMALE GREEN CHILE CHICKEN TAMALE” or “TUCSON TAMALE Green Chile Chicken Tamales” with lot codes F20296 and F20309 and sell by dates of 10/23/22 and 11/05/22.
  • Cases containing six packages with two tamales each of “TUCSON TAMALE GREEN CHILE CHICKEN TAMALES” with lot codes F20309 and F20296 and sell by dates of 10/23/22 and 11/05/22.
  • Cases containing 30 tamales of “TUCSON TAMALE Green Chile Pork & Cheese Tamales” with lot codes F20303 and F20307 and sell by dates of 10/30/22 and 11/03/22.
  • Cases containing eight individually packed tamales of “TUCSON TAMALE GREEN CHILE PORK & CHEESE TAMALE” with lot codes F20307 and F20314 and sell by dates of 11/03/22 and 11/10/22.
  • Cases containing six packages with two tamales each of “TUCSON TAMALE GREEN CHILE PORK & CHEESE TAMALES” with lot codes F20303 and F20307 and sell by dates 10/30/22 and 11/03/22.
  • Packages containing two tamales of “TUCSON TAMALE GREEN CHILE PORK & CHEESE TAMALES” with lot codes F20303, F20307 and F20302 and sell by dates of 10/29/22, 10/30/22 and 11/03/22.
  • Cases containing 30 tamales of “TUCSON TAMALE Green Chile Chicken Tamales” with lot code F20296 and sell by date of 10/23/22.

The products, bearing establishment number “EST. 45860” inside the USDA mark of inspection, were sold online and also shipped to distributors for further distribution to retail locations and restaurants nationwide.

What to do

Customers who purchased the recalled products should not consume them, but discarded or returned to the place of purchase.

Consumers with questions may contact Sherry Martin at (520) 398-6282.

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