Recall alert: Food Evolution recalls ready-to-eat dip, salad products

Food Evolution recalls ready-to-eat dip, salad products

WASHINGTON, D.C. — An Illinois company is recalling approximately 6,806 pounds of ready-to-eat dip and salad products, which contained meat that was produced without undergoing a federal inspection, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Food Evolution, a Schiller Park, Illinois, business, is recalling the products, according to the FSIS release.

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The dip and salad items containing meat were produced from Nov. 9, 2020, through Jan. 29, 2021, and have “use by” dates through Feb. 6, 2021. The following products are subject to recall:

  • 31-ounce container containing “Taco Dip With Refried Beans, Chili, Sour Cream, Cheddar, Onions, Black Olives, Jalapenos, & Red Pepper thoughtfully handmade -- fresh to you -- Fresh, Fast, Gourmet.”
  • 18-ounce container containing “Taco Dip With Refried Beans, Chili, Sour Cream, Cheddar, Onions, Black Olives, Jalapenos, & Red Pepper thoughtfully handmade -- fresh to you -- Fresh, Fast, Gourmet.”
  • 7-ounce container containing “Tri-Colored Italian Style Rotini Pasta Salad with Salami thoughtfully handmade -- fresh to you -- Fresh, Fast, Gourmet.”
  • 8-ounce container containing “German Style Potato Salad with Bacon thoughtfully handmade -- fresh to you -- Fresh, Fast, Gourmet.”

The products bear establishment number “EST. 34309” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations in Illinois.

The problem was discovered during routine FSIS verification tasks, the agency said in its release. FSIS personnel discovered that the establishment produced products at an off-site facility without the benefit of federal inspection, then repackaged and labeled the products with the USDA mark of inspection at the federal establishment.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumers eating these products, the FSIS said.

FSIS urged people who bought the products to either throw them out or return them to the store where they were purchased.

Consumers and members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Art Sezgin, the president of Food Evolution, at 818-837-7600.

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. ET Monday through Friday.