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Taco Seasonings, Natural Pig Ears Recalled For Possible Salmonella Contamination

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Before you head to the pantry or pet treat shelf, be sure to check your taco seasoning and natural pig ears labels for recalles; two companies have announced recalls for these items.

Taco Seasoning

Williams Foods LLC of Kentucky initiated precautionary recall of a select number Great Value Mild Taco Seasoning and HEB Reduce Sodium Taco seasoning Mix packets which contain cumin that may potentially contaminated with Salmonella.

“These items contain cumin spice involved in a recall initiated by our supplier, Mincing Spice Co. Mincing has issued a recall for a specific lot of cumin they produced because a sample from that lot was tested by one of Mincing’s customers and was found to be potentially contaminated with Salmonella. A portion of the lot recalled by Mincing was supplied to Williams Foods, LLC,” Williams Foods LLC’s noted in a recall announcement.

Impacted are:

  • Great Value Mild Taco Seasoning Mix; 1 ounce package; item number 564829444; product UPC 0 78742 24572 0; and Best By dates of 07/08/21 and 07/09/21.
  •   HEB Taco Seasoning Mix Reduced Sodium; 1.25 ounce package; item number 050215; Product UPC 0 41220 79609 0; and Better Buy dates of 07/10/21, 07/11/21 and 07/15/21.

No consumer complaints or reported cases of Salmonellosis had been reported in connection with these products as of the announcement.

Consumers who have purchased the product with the above “Best By” dates are urged not to consume the product but to discard it or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may call our Customer Service Center at 1-800-847-5608 or by e-mail at [email protected] for more information. Our customer service desk will be staffed in person from 8am to 5pm CST Monday to Friday.

Natural Pig Ears

The Lennox Intl Inc. of New Jersey is voluntary recalling its Natural Pig ears, products intended solely for the consumption by dogs, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

 “Lennox is aware of two cases of our pig ears that caused dog Illnesses which may be related to the potential Salmonella contamination noted during an ongoing FDA investigation of Salmonella illness, associated with what appears to be a multiple source,” the company noted in the product recall announcement.

The recalled products affected were shipped to nationwide distributors and retail store May 1-July 3. The product comes in an 8 PK branded pouch under UPC 742174 995163, 742174994166 or packaged individually shrink- wrapped under UPC 0385384810 and 742174P35107. All UPC codes are located on the front label of the package, according to Lennox Intl Inc.’s recall notice.

Lennox Intl Inc. of New Jersey is voluntary recalling its Natural Pig ears for dogs due to potential Salmonella contamination.

Salmonella can affect animals eating the product and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products which are solely for the consumption by dogs.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected, but otherwise healthy, pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. People whose pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms should contact their veterinarian.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.

Consumers who have purchased the product and have proper receipt may return the product, or contact 800-538-8980 Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or [email protected] for a refund and additional information.

Author: Faith Huffman

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