Recall Alert: Kraft Heinz Recalls Taco Bell Cheese Dip Over Fears of Botulism
Keep an eye out for Taco Bell-brand cheese dip the next time you're prepping nachos. As CNBC reports, Kraft Heinz has voluntarily recalled about 7000 cases of the condiment due to fears of botulism.
Botulism is a type of food poisoning caused by Clostridium botulinum (C. botulinum), bacteria that's known to grow in improperly-stored foods. The illness can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, and in some cases even death.
On Tuesday, July 24, Kraft announced that some of its Taco Bell cheese sauces were separating (this happens when the oil breaks apart from the rest of the components), which means they could be vulnerable to C. botulinum contamination. All 15-ounce jars of Taco Bell salsa con queso mild cheese dip with a "best when used by" date between October 31, 2018 and January 23, 2019 have been pulled from stores. No illnesses related to the product have been reported so far.
This is the latest of several popular food products to be recalled over health concerns this summer. Since June, varieties of Honey Smacks cereal, Swiss rolls, Ritz crackers, and Goldfish crackers have all been taken off shelves, but unlike the Kraft recall, all those cases were related to the recent salmonella outbreak, not botulism.