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TROUBLESOME TAMALE

Isabella Foods, an El Paso, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 685 pounds of tamale products because of misbranding and undeclared allergens. The products contain wheat or soy, known allergens which are not declared on the label.

The following products are subject to recall: [View Label]

  • 36-oz. packages containing 12 "Isabella Foods of El Paso Green Chicken Tamales" and bearing the establishment number "P-13389" inside the USDA mark of inspection.
  • 36-oz. packages containing 12 "Isabella Foods of El Paso Red Pork Tamales" and bearing the establishment number "EST. 1960" inside the USDA mark of inspection.


The products were produced through Jan. 18, 2013 and distributed and sold to institutions and retail stores in the El Paso, Texas area.

The problem was discovered by FSIS in-plant personnel during a routine label review. An FSIS inspector determined that soy was a subcomponent of the textured vegetable protein ingredient in the green chicken tamale product but not declared on the label. During the same review, FSIS also found that wheat was a subcomponent of the masa flour ingredient in the red pork tamale product but not declared on the label. FSIS and the company have received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and to ensure that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

Consumers and members of the media with questions about the recall should contact the company's Owner, Nielson Guerra, at (915) 590-1899.

Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. "Ask Karen" live chat services are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.

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