The Food Safety and Inspection Service, an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture announces Meijer's recall of more than 43,000 pounds of ground beef due to hard plastic contamination.
Complaints Spark Recall Action
The recall was prompted when Meijer, a supercenter chain throughout the Midwest, received two complaints. These complaints involved ground beef products apparently containing green hard plastic.
Meijer informed FSIS on April 5.
Luckily, there have been no cases of adverse reactions due to consumption of the products. Anyone who has concerns about signs and symptoms that may be related to the recall is advised to contact their healthcare professional.
List Of Recalled Products
The ground beef loaf products were manufactured on March 20. FSIS provided a list of the recalled products and their specific details in their website.
The products for recall have a label that reads "EST. 562M" found in the USDA mark of inspection on the bottom part of the package.
"These items were shipped to retail locations in Michigan and Wisconsin," the FSIS wrote.
The list of recalled products includes a range of ground beef, certified ground sirloin, certified ground round, black angus ground chuck, and certified ground chuck.
Public Safety Advice
FSIS worries that some of the products are still lurking in consumers' freezers. People who have purchased any of the products are advised not to consume them anymore. They should throw the beef products right away, or they can return it to the store of purchase.
Recalling firms are to notify customers who have bought recalled products. They also need to take steps to ensure that the products are no longer sitting on store shelves for purchase. FSIS routinely checks that recalling firms do these efficiently.
Customers and media members can contact Misty Barnes, corporate communications at JBS Plainwell Inc. at (970) 506-7805 for any questions or concerns.
For any food safety concerns, people can also ask FSIS virtual assistant representative via "Ask Karen" 24 hours a day. This service can be availed by going to AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov.