RECALL ALERT: Kroger beef may be contaminated with plastic

May 3, 2018 by meganmertz2289

Craig Johnson, Clark.com

Some of the beef sold at one of America’s most popular grocery stores is being recalled because it may be contaminated, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said this week.

More than 35,000 pounds of raw ground beef processed by North Carolina-based JBS USA Inc. and sold at Kroger — among other places — may have “extraneous materials, specifically hard plastic,” the agency said in a press release.

Recall: Beef sold at Kroger may contain plastic

The affected meat was produced on March 22, 2018, and bears the establishment number “EST. 34176” inside the USDA mark of inspection, the department said.

“The problem was discovered after the firm received a complaint from a consumer who found blue, hard plastic pieces in one of the products,” FSIS said.

No illnesses or adverse reactions have been reported in connection with the beef, which was shipped to distribution centers in Indiana and Virginia “for further distribution to retail locations,” the agency said.

Here are the assorted packages that the beef was sold under, according to the FSIS:

Recall: Look in your freezer or fridge — do you have these beef brands? 

  • 3-lb. tray packages containing “Kroger GROUND BEEF 73% LEAN – 27% FAT” with product code 95051, UPC: 011110975645, and a Sell By date of 4/9/2018.

  • 1-lb. tray packages containing “Kroger GROUND BEEF 80% LEAN – 20% FAT” with product code 95052, UPC: 011110969729, and a Sell By date of 4/9/2018.

  • 3-lb. tray packages containing “Kroger GROUND BEEF 80% LEAN – 20% FAT” with product code 95053, UPC of 011110969705, and a Sell By date of 4/9/2018.

  • 1-lb. tray packages containing “PRIVATE SELECTION ANGUS BEEF 80% LEAN – 20% FAT GROUND CHUCK” with product code 95054, UPC: 011110971395, and a Sell By date of 4/9/2018.

  • 1-lb. tray packages containing “Kroger GROUND BEEF 85% LEAN – 15% FAT” with product code 95055, UPC: 011110969682, and a Sell By date of 4/9/2018.
  • 1-lb. tray packages containing “Kroger GROUND SIRLOIN 90% LEAN – 10% FAT GROUND BEEF” and product code 95056, UPC: 011110975638, and a Sell By date of 4/9/2018.

  • 1-lb. tray packages containing “ALL NATURAL LAURA’S LEAN BEEF 92% LEAN 8% FAT GROUND BEEF” with product code 95057, UPC: 612669316714, and a Sell By date of 4/9/2018.

  • 1-lb. tray packages containing “ALL NATURAL LAURA’S LEAN BEEF 96% LEAN 4% FAT GROUND BEEF” with product code 95058, UPC: 612669317063, and a Sell By date of 4/9/2018.

  • 1-lb. tray packages containing “PRIVATE SELECTION ANGUS BEEF 90% LEAN – 10% FAT GROUND SIRLOIN” with product code 95063, UPC: 011110969637 and a Sell By date of 4/9/2018.

  • 1-lb. tray packages containing “Kroger GROUND BEEF 93% LEAN – 7% FAT” with product code 95064, UPC: 01111096920, and a Sell By date of 4/9/2018.

  • 15-lb. cases containing “JBS Ground Beef Angus Chuck 80% Lean 20% Fat Service Case” with Case UPC: 0040404800632 and a “Sell By: 9.APRIL.”
  • 15-lb. cases containing “Ground Beef Angus Sirloin 90% Lean 10% Fat Service Case” Case UPC: 0040404800634, and a “Sell By: 9.APRIL.”

The agency said that it was concerned that people may have frozen the meat in their freezers. “Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase,” FSIS said.

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