Kraft Heinz recalls Taco Bell cheese dip for botulism risk

Taco Bell Salsa Con Queso Mild Cheese Dip is being recalled.

CHICAGO — An estimated 7,000 cases of Taco Bell Salsa Con Queso Mild Cheese Dip are being recalled because there are signs of product separation that could lead to botulism, the US Food and Drug Administrationsaid Tuesday. There have been no reported illnesses or consumer complaints, Kraft Heinz Foods Company said in a statement.

As a precaution, cheese dips in 15-ounce glass jars labeled with individual “best when used by” dates between December 27, 2018, and January 23, 2019, are being recalled. Kraft Heinz recommends that buyers not eat the product, even if it does not appear spoiled, and return it to the store for exchange or for a refund. Consumers can also call the company at 1-800-310-3704 with any questions or to get a refund.

Botulism is a rare form of life-threatening food poisoning caused by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It occurs when toxins attack the nerves, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Symptoms include general weakness, dizziness, double vision, muscle paralysis and difficulty speaking or swallowing. Symptoms usually occur 18 to 36 hours after eating contaminated food but can appear only six hours later or up to 10 days after the initial exposure.

“People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention,” Kraft Heinz said.

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish, Ritz Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits and other foods containing whey powder have been recalled recently due to possible salmonella contamination. Other recent recalls include Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal and cut melon for possible salmonella and Del Monte Fresh vegetable trays due to cyclospora.

The following is being recalled:

Product
Size

Name of 
Product

Packaging
Description

Case Unit 
Best When
Used By 
Code Date

Individual Package 
Best When 
Used By 
Code Date

Individual
Package UPC

Case UPC
15 oz. Taco Bell Salsa Con Queso Mild Cheese Dip Glass Jar 27 DEC 2018
23 JAN 2019
27 DEC 2018
23 JAN 2019
021000024490 21000024490
01 NOV 2018
26 DEC 2018
27 DEC 2018
31 OCT 2018 27 DEC 2018
15 oz. Taco Bell Salsa Con Queso Mild Cheese Dip Glass Jar 23 JAN 2019 23 JAN 2019 021000024490 21000066900

No other sizes, varieties or code dates of are included in this recall.

Consumers who purchased this product should not eat it and return it to the store where purchased for an exchange or full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-310-3704 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CDT, for a full refund.