WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2000 —
The Food and Drug Administration warns that several brands of five-layer dips are potentially contaminated with contagious bacteria that causes serious digestive disorders.
The FDA says consumers should be alert for dips sold under the brand names Senor Felix’s, Trader Joe’s, Delicioso, and The Carryout CafÈ because they have the potential to be contaminated with Shigella sonnei bacteria.
The organism causes a form of bacterial dysentery which can cause bloody diarrhea, cramps, fever, nausea and vomiting and can possibly lead to hospitalization. Shigella infection is serious and very contagious, but can be treated though prompt medical attention.
The recalled five-layer dips contain layers of black or pinto beans, salsa, guacamole, nacho cheese and sour cream, among other ingredients. They were distributed nationwide in retail stores and can be identified with the following brand names:
Senor Felix’s Five Layered Party Dip
Delicioso 5 Layer Dip
Trader Joe’s Five Layered Fiesta Dip
The Carryout CafÈ Mexican Fiesta Party Dip 5 Layer
All of the above products were manufactured by Senor Felix’s Gourmet Mexican Foods Inc., of Baldwin Park, Calif.
To date at least 49 illnesses (five hospitalizations) have been reported.
These products were recalled voluntarily (with an accompanying press release) by the company on January 22, after they were linked to shigellosis outbreaks in several western states.
FDA is working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state health departments to track the affected products and to identify the cause of the problem.