246,000 Pounds of El Monterey Breakfast Burritos Recalled

Your relationship with El Monterey breakfast burritos may be on the rocks.

After Kroger’s Hepatitis A recall scare last week, another warning has been issued by USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), along with Ruiz Foods Products Inc. You may know Ruiz Foods as the producer of El Monterey breakfast burritos. They’re being recalled due to contaminated with foreign materials—more specifically, tiny rocks.

This recall was issued on June 14 and affects retail locations nationwide. If you have El Monterey breakfast burritos hidden in the back of your freezer, it’s time to take a closer look. You can find the complete FSIS statement here.

What products are recalled?

If you’re a breakfast burrito lover, don’t sweat. Only one flavor of El Monterey breakfast burritos is subject to the recall: Egg, Potato, Bacon & Cheese Sauce Breakfast Wraps.

Ruiz Foods received three customer complaints regarding hard materials embedded in the burritos. An investigation confirmed that small rocks were the culprit, which could prove to be a choking hazard or cause damage to teeth when chewed. And unfortunately, one of those reports is of an injury potentially associated with consumption of the burritos in question.

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246,000 Pounds of El Monterey Breakfast Burritos Recalled for Containing Rocksvia elmonterey.com

How do I know if I have one of these products?

There are a few way to identify the contaminated products. First, make sure your El Monterey burritos are an 8-pack and bear establishment number EST. 17523A, which you’ll find on the back of the package.

Next, check the production and Best By dates. Affected packages will be stamped with a production date of 01/17/19 or 01/18/19. The packages also include a Best By date of 01/17/20 or 01/18/20.

If you’re still not sure, take a look at the back of the package to find lot codes 19017 and 19018. Products printed with all of this information should be dealt with as follows.

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I have one of these products! What should I do with it?

FSIS and Ruiz Foods urge consumers who have these El Monterey Egg, Potato, Bacon & Cheese Sauce Breakfast Wraps not to consume them under any circumstances. Recalled products should always be either tossed in the can or returned to the place of purchase. Return the burritos, and you’ll likely get a full refund or exchange, which is great if you’re still craving breakfast burritos.

Have questions about the recall? Ruiz Foods has a consumer line you can reach for more information at 1-800-772-6474. The consumer line appears to be a 24-hour service, as there are no specific hours of operation listed.

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Laurie Dixon
Having a passion for writing her whole life, Laurie joined the Taste of Home team to bring together her two favorite things—creative writing and food. She spends most of her time playing with her dog, drafting up short stories and, of course, trying out new recipes.