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11-14-2007, 08:39 AM #1KellyGuest
Chicago-Based Tortilla Co. Recalls Product After Illnesses
RACINE, Wis. -- Del Rey Tortilleria, Inc. is recalling several
products after health officials in Wisconsin suspected a link between
flour tortillas and an outbreak of illness at three schools.
The Chicago-based company told the state of Wisconsin it will
voluntarily recall the products as a precaution while the Food and
Drug Administration continues to investigate. But the company is
still not sure its products caused the reported symptoms, said Marcy
Toledo, Del Rey's general manager.
"We're testing the product and looking to see where this is coming
from," Toledo told The Journal Times in Racine. "We haven't received
any complaints yet about illnesses."
She did not return a message left by The Associated Press on Tuesday.
More than 80 students at three schools in Racine reported flu-like
symptoms earlier this month that included vomiting, according to
health officials. The Racine Unified School District closed two
middle schools and an elementary school for one day for disinfection.
Health officials in Wisconsin said Friday they suspected soft flour
tortillas may be responsible for the outbreak.
An exact cause of the outbreak has still not been found. State health
officials said Del Rey made the flour tortillas served at the three
Racine schools were illnesses were reported.
Del Rey recalled some tortillas last year consumers complained of
stomach pains, vomiting, diarrhea, nausea and headaches, according to
The products in question were distributed nationwide through food
distributors and grocery stores. Del Rey has not specified states
involved in the recall, beyond Illinois and Wisconsin. Consumers
should immediately return any product that is subject to the recall
to the store where they purchased it for a full refund or replacement.
The recall includes flour tortillas of all sizes: White Flour
Tortillas, six-inch Tortillas de Harina, Burritos two, three and four-
inch and eight-inch Fajita, with the name "Del Rey" on the label and
with one of these Date Codes: OCT/17/07; OCT/20/07; OCT/24/07;
NOV/04/07; NOV/10/07; or NOV/11/07.