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Food Recall Blog: Metal Found in Beef Tamales Sold at Costco

November 8, 2007–Circle Foods, LLC., (no relation to Circle of Food blog), a Chula Vista, Calif., company, is voluntarily recalling approximately 3,750 pounds of frozen beef tamales that may contain pieces of metal. This was reported today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

The following products are subject to recall:
Cartons of 10 individually wrapped 5-ounce tamales “Tortilla land BEEF TAMALES, Traditional Corn Husk Wrap, All Natural.”

Each carton also bears the establishment number “EST. 17417” inside the USDA mark of inspection as well as a “use by” date of “110308.”

The products were produced on Nov. 3, and were distributed to Costco stores in the Los Angeles area.

The problem was discovered by Circle Foods, LLC after their equipment detected pieces of metal in the product. No injuries have been reported at this time. Anyone concerned about an injury from consumption of the products should contact a physician.

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact Quality Assurance Director Omar Houry at (619) 507-3379.

There’s nothing like metal in my food to make me lose my appetite.

  1. Sometimes when I open a tin soup can with a can opener I find very small metal shavings in the soup. Can this be harmful if I eat some accidentally.

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