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May 4, 2018 -- A North Carolina company is recalling more than 17 tons of ground beef sold at Kroger stores because they may be contaminated with pieces of plastic.

The company, JBS USA, shipped the beef to Virginia and Indiana for further distribution.

The problem was discovered when a customer found hard, blue plastic pieces in one of the products and made a complaint, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said in a news release. No illnesses have been reported.

If you have one of the products, throw it away or return it to the store where you bought it.

Products included in the recall have the establishment number “EST. 34176” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Specific products include:

3-pound 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-pound 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-pound tray packages containing “Kroger GROUND BEEF 80% LEAN -- 20% FAT” with product code 95053, UPC # 011110969705, and a “Sell By” date of 4/9/2018
  • 1-pound 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-pound 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-pound tray packages containing “Kroger GROUND SIRLOIN 90% LEAN -- 10% FAT GROUND BEEF” with product code 95056, UPC # 011110975638, and a “Sell By” date of 4/9/2018
  • 1-pound 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-pound 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-pound 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-pound 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-pound cases containing “JBS Ground Beef Angus Chuck 80% Lean 20% Fat Service Case” with UPC # 0040404800632 and a “Sell By” date of “9 APRIL”
  • 15-pound cases containing “Ground Beef Angus Sirloin 90% Lean 10% Fat Service Case” with UPC # 0040404800634 and a “Sell By” date of “9 APRIL”

Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service virtual assistant, 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday.

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Sources

News release, U.S. Department of Agriculture: “JBS USA, Inc. Recalls Ground Beef Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination.”

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