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The San Antonio-based company has also expanded its recall of products containing legume residue potentially dangerous to people who are allergic to peanuts 

Update

9:20 p.m. WEDNESDAY, JAN. 14: The San Marcos Mercury asked H-E-B officials for more information about the recall of its store-brand white tortillas, announced on Tuesday with a written statement that attributed the move to the “possible presence of foreign material” in the food.

Asked what “foreign material” prompted the recall, Leticia C. Mendoza, the company’s chief spokesperson, e-mailed this response on Wednesday: “The manufacturing plants conduct several and daily routine quality assurance inspections on all our products. There was an inconsistency with the products that did not meet our high-quality standards that prompted us to issue a voluntary and precautionary recall.”

The tortillas are made at a H-E-B-owned facility in Corpus Christi that provides store-brand products to its more than 150 grocery stores statewide.

Earlier

10:53 p.m. TUESDAY, JAN. 13: San Antonio-based H-E-B Grocery Co. officials issued a recall of their store-brand white tortillas Tuesday evening due to the “possible presence of foreign material” discovered earlier in the day during quality reviews at a manufacturing facility.

No one has reported becoming ill from eating the tortillas, according to a written statement that characterized the recall as voluntary and precautionary.

The recall was “triggered by a precautionary alarm at the manufacturing facility,” company spokesperson Leslie Sweet told the San Marcos Mercury late Tuesday, but she said she did not immediately know specifically what foreign material caused concern. It was also not immediately clear if the affected food facility is owned by H-E-B itself or by a vendor.

Recalled products include:

H-E-B Homestyle White Corn Tortillas, 12-count, with “best by” dates of Jan. 22 and earlier; and

H-E-B Homestyle White Corn Tortillas, 30-count, with “best by” dates of Jan. 22 and earlier.

Also on Tuesday, H-E-B expanded an earlier recall of certain store-brand products containing spices supplied by a vendor, Manor-based Southern Style Spices. Last week, the company voluntarily recalled store-brand, single-serving tortilla soup and poblano corn chowder bought on or before Jan. 6. The soups contain a spice blend that tested positive for peanut residue potentially dangerous to people who are allergic to peanuts, company officials said.

Two additional products have been added to the peanut allergen recall:

H-E-B Texas Ranch Casserole purchased from an in-store deli on or before Jan. 13, with a scan code beginning with 279075 or 279108; and

H-E-B Gumbo purchased from an in-store deli on or before Jan 13, with a scan code beginning with 27909.

Any of the recalled products can be returned an H-E-B store for a full refund. For information, call H-E-B Customer Relations between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 210-938-8357 or 1-800-432-3113.

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