Pork and Beef Tamales by Mex-Tamale recalled

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Overhead view of hearty plate of tamales wrapped in corn husk, served with rice and refried beans.

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2021 – Demaiz Inc., doing business as Mex-tamale Foods, a San Jose, California establishment, is recalling approximately 20,759 pounds of pork and beef tamales due to misbranding and undeclared allergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The product contains sesame seeds, an allergen, which is not declared on the final product label. 

The beef and pork tamale items were produced between Sept. 20, 2021 to Oct. 14, 2021. The following products are subject to recall [view labels]:

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 45434” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations in Northern California. The tamale products are served to consumers from a deli counter at retailers.                                 

The problem was discovered when FSIS observed sesame seeds being added to the tamale sauce and determined that sesame seeds were not listed on the product labels.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.  

FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ refrigerators or freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and 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 can contact Alejandro Arreola, President, Demaiz Inc., at (408) 580-7745.

Consumers with food safety questions can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or live chat via Ask USDA from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Consumers can also browse food safety messages at Ask USDA or send a question via email to MPHotline@usda.gov. For consumers that need to report a problem with a meat, poultry, or egg product, the online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at https://foodcomplaint.fsis.usda.gov/eCCF/.