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FSIS Releases List of Stores With Bad Burritos

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) on Sept. 15th published a list of retailers that might have received one of the 126 cases of Listeria-tainted burritos recalled by Riverside, CA-based Windsor Foods.

Windsor Foods recalled 2,268 pounds of “Butcher Boy Red Beef & Bean Burritos” Sept. 11th.

Under a new policy for Class I, High Health Risk recalls, FSIS is supposed to provide the public with lists of retailers most likely to be selling the recalled product.

This time it took FSIS four days to produce the list. It contains the names and locations of 143 convenience stores in seven states that may be selling the 9,072 four-ounce burritos. Most are in Texas (92) and Oklahoma (28). Others are in Iowa (11); Kansas (7); North Dakota (3) and one each in New Mexico and Minnesota.

The FSIS Recall website offers the list as PDF file.

The bad burritos were made on Aug. 3, 2009, and then shipped to a storage center in Minnesota.  Windsor Foods does a brisk business selling impulse food items to convenience stores.

Convenience stores purchase burritos by the case.  Each 18-pound case contains 72 burritos, and displays Windsor’s establishment number (“EST. 1905) within the USDA inspection mark, a package code of “1219215,” and a case code of “2080001.” The cases are also stamped “Keep Frozen.”

Convenience stores, however, do not typically sell beef and bean burritos by the case.

Customers buy them one or two at time. Of the markings, only the case code is printed on the individual burrito.

No illnesses have yet been associated with the recall and Windsor Foods discovered and reported the Listeria contamination on its own.

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