About 7,000 cases of Taco Bell Salsa Con Queso Mild Cheese Dip have shown product separation, which could indicate the presence of Clostridium botulinum, the bacterium that causes botulism. The bacteria may be present even if the product doesn’t look spoiled, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Specific products affected by the recall include 15 oz. glass jars of Taco Bell Salsa Con Queso Mild Cheese Dip with individual package sell by dates of 27 DEC 2018 and 23 JAN 2019 and the UPC code 021000024490.
Affected cases have best-by dates of Dec. 27, 2018 and Jan 23, 2019, with a UPC code 021000024490, and best-by dates of Oct. 31, 2018, Nov. 1, 2018, Dec. 26, 2018, Dec. 27, 2018 and Jan. 23, 2019, and a UPC code 21000066900.
Symptoms of foodborne botulism typically begin between 12 and 36 hours after the bacterium is ingested, and include:
- Difficulty swallowing or speaking
- Dry mouth
- Facial weakness on both sides of the face
- Blurred or double vision
- Drooping eyelids
- Trouble breathing
- Nausea, vomiting and abdominal cramps
If you purchased any Taco Bell cheese dip affected by the recall, you should not eat it, and either throw it away or return it to the place of purchase for a refund. To date, there have been no reports of botulism or any other adverse events associated with the products in this recall.
Source: WSFA 12 News