Carlton Foods, a New Braunfels, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 25,764 pounds of fresh Boudin sausage-like products that were made with pre-cooked rice that might have experienced temperature abuse and may contain an emetic toxin synthesized by the bacteria Bacillus cereus the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on Thursday. The agency has issued this a Class I Recall of High Health Risk.
The Boudin products subject to recall bear the establishment number “EST. 1943” or “EST. 961” inside the USDA mark of inspection. Products with the EST. 961 inside the mark of inspection would also have NB printed on the label.
The recalled products have "Sell By" dates ranging from Oct. 28, 2014, to Dec. 16, 2014.
The sausage-like products were made on Aug. 22, 2014, through Oct. 17, 2014. The following Boudin products are subject to the recall:
- 12-ounce vacuum-packed packages of “RICHARD’S HICKORY SMOKED BOUDIN”
- 12-ounce vacuum-packed packages of “RICHARD’S PREMIUM BOUDIN”
- 12-ounce vacuum-packed packages of “RICHARD’S ‘HOT’ PREMIUM BOUDIN”
- 16-ounce vacuum-packed packages of “RICHARD’S PREMIUM BOUDIN”
- 32-ounce vacuum-packed packages of “RICHARD’S CAJUN GRILLERS BOUDIN”
The products were shipped to retail outlets in Texas and Louisiana.
According to the USDA, the problem was discovered by FSIS personnel during a Food Safety Assessment. FSIS personnel noticed that pre-cooked rice which is used in the Boudin was being held at unsafe temperatures which could result in the food products containing an emetic toxin produced by Bacillus cereus.
B. cereus is a bacterium which can form spores that are resistant to heat and dehydration thus allowing them to survive cooking and dry storage.
The organism naturally occurs in many foods and can cause illness in human beings.
When foods such as rice, pasta, noodles, potatoes and pastry that contain the spores reach a certain temperature it can cause B. cereus to grow and make a poison which is harmful to humans.
The FSIS says that emetic toxins made by B. cereus an cause nausea and vomiting within 30 minutes to 6 hours after eating the contaminated food.
According to the USDA, neither the FSIS nor Carlton Foods have received reports about adverse reactions due to eating the products. They also say that people who are concerned about illness should contact their health care provider.
Consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact Randy Rust, President, at (830) 625-7583 ext. 109.
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USDA Press Release http://tinyurl.com/m72ru6s
THE ORGANISM/TOXIN BACILLUS CEREUS http://www.foodsafety.govt.nz/elibrary/industry/Bacillus_Cereus-Spore_Forming.pdf
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