08/17/2012 10:58 am ET

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad Recall: Salmonella Risk Yanks 77,688 Pounds From Shelves

Remember that cilantro recall we told you about earlier this week? It's the reason behind another recall, this time involving 77,688 pounds of grilled chicken Caesar salad kits by Real Mex Foods.

The Vernon, California-based company's kits include a dressing made with Fresco Green Farms cilantro, which was recalled due to a possible salmonella contamination according to the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

The concerned products are 36-oz. trays of "El Torito Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad Kit" and 18-lb. cases that contain eight 36-oz. trays of “EL TORITO Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad Kit.” They can be identified by the establishment number "P-4140" inside the USDA mark of inspection or an identifying item number of "24203." Sell-by dates include any of the following: "08/23/12," "08/30/12," "09/06/12," or "09/14/12." All products were made between July 23 August 6 and were distributed to stores across California.

Real Mex Foods first alerted FSIS to the issue when it was informed of the risk by Fresco Green Farms. Although Real Mex Food's website doesn't reference the recall, it's worth noting that it's filled with references to its dedication to food safety:

Superior quality and absolute food safety are the basis for the perceived value of our products. Pursuing continuous quality improvement is one of the most important goals we have, within Real Mex Foods. Our Vernon Manufacturing facility was recently awarded with a SQF Level 2 certification. SQF is recognized by retailers, foodservice providers and regulatory agencies around the world that require HACCP food safety and quality management systems by their suppliers.

There have been reported illness linked to the product.



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