A Chicago-based company is recalling over 2,000 pounds of raw ground beef products that was shipped to multiple states.
The vacuum-packed raw ground beef could be contaminated with plastic.
Amity Packing Company Inc. Recalling Raw Ground Beef Contaminated With Clear Plastic
The company, Amity Packing Company Inc., is recalling approximately 2,020 pounds of packaged raw ground beef after discovering that they could be contaminated with clear, thin pliable plastic.
According to a news release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the raw ground beef products were produced on January 6, 2020. They have labels that read “Pre 95% Lean/5% Fat Ground Beef” and are in 1-lb vacuum-packed packages.
They were shipped to retail locations across 9 different states: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
The contamination was discovered after Pre Brands LLC received two separate consumer complaints, reporting that they found clear, thin pliable plastic in the raw ground beef.
The FSIS report indicates that there have been no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption so far.
The recall has been classified as “Class II” level recall, which the FDA defines as “a situation in which use of or exposure to a violative product may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences or where the probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote.”
How to Identify Products Affected By Recall
The FSIS news release lists this description of the products subject to recall:
- 1-lb. VACUUM-PACKED, packages containing “Pre 95% LEAN/5% FAT GROUND BEEF” with lot code “0060,” case code “11402” and USE/FREEZE BY date of “01/31/2020” on the product label.
Aside from the use/freeze by date, lot code, and case code, packages can be identified as having “EST. 6916” printed on the right, front side of the packaging. To see the actual product packaging, here is an image uploaded by USDA FSIS.
The recall issued through the FSIS urges consumers that have purchased these products not to consume them. Instead, if you have products affected by this recall, the products should be thrown away or returned to the store they were purchased from.
Any consumers with questions about the products being recalled can call Pre Brands LLC at 1-844-773-3663. Those who are concerned about injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider, says the FSIS.