Vegetables Sold to Chipotle Mexican Restaurants Recalled

This latest food recall issued by the FDA definitely hits home, and is a bit disturbing for several reasons. First, it’s another product in our food supply that can ultimately kill us. Second, I eat at Chipotle at least twice a week. Chipotle prides its company on serving “food with integrity”, using organic and local produce “when practical”, and “whenever possible” using meat from animals raised without the use of antibiotics or added hormones.  I definitely applaud them for their efforts, and this is one of the reasons I eat much more Chipotle, and a lot less Baja Fresh these days. I will continue to eat my delicious chicken burritos and my protein packed burrito bowls from Chipotle. But, knowing they use a company that had to recall some of its corn and Poblano peppers because of very serious health risks, makes me pause to say the least. I understand even the greatest of companies need to depend on others, and sometimes things don’t go according to plan. For example, you may be reading this on your iphone 4…  But, I will continue to monitor all  food recalls issued by the FDA and let you know about them, and I will be watching Chipotle much more carefully. Below is the complete press release issued by the FDA about the recall. There was also a recall for organic alfalfa sprouts issued this week. We also have a Food Recall Widget on our site that monitors all the alerts issued from the FDA. Stay informed, stay healthy!

Pasco Processing, LLC, Pasco WA is recalling 2087 cases of 20lb. bulk packaged Corn and Poblano peppers, (SKU 10071179017738) because of the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

No illnesses have been reported in association with the recall. No other products that were manufactured by Pasco Processing, LLC are involved in this recall. This item was produced by Pasco Processing, LLC and transferred to the J R Simplot Company for distribution. The product was packaged in 20 lb bulk cases which were labeled as follows:

Corn and Poblano Blend; 10071179 017738; 20 lbs. Net Wt.; Distributed by J. R. Simplot Co., Boise, Idaho 83707

The recall extends only to products coded 3901741007 and 3901751007 sold to two foodservice distributors in California and one in Arizona and further distributed to Chipotle Mexican Grill Restaurant locations in California, Nevada, and Arizona. The recalled product has been removed from the Chipotle locations and quarantined for destruction. None of the production time periods found to contain Listeria monocytogenes were delivered to restaurants.

Pasco Processing, LLC and Chipotle are collaborating closely with the FDA. The recall is being issued out of an abundance of caution based on a confirmed positive result for Listeria monocytogenes in a routine test sample conducted by the company.

For additional details call Pasco Processing LLC @ 1-800-575-8909 M-F 8:00AM – 4:00PM MDT

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