If you shop at Kroger, make sure you don’t skim over this article. The popular grocery store has announced some really bad news for any customers who recently purchased ground beef. Their beef distributor has announced a recall of over 35,000 pounds of ground beef due to the possibility of a plastics contamination.
JBS USA handles the delivery and processing of Kroger beef. They are headquartered in North Carolina and produce thousands of pounds of beef a day.
They announced a recall across several product lines after a customer found a piece of hard blue plastic in one of their ground beef packages. The 12 products recalled include ground beef, private selection Angus beef, ground sirloin and All Natural Laura’s Leen Beef.
The date of contamination was confirmed to be March 22, so any beef products produced on that day are liable to be contaminated. It seems like the only product that was confirmed to be contaminated so far was the single package, but chances are there are more out there.
These products expired around April 9, 2018, so you should check any frozen beef packages that you may have purchased for this date. Make sure you do not consume the meat inside under any circumstances!
This recall comes incredibly late compared to most, but it is a case of “better late than never.” Many people freeze their beef for a long period of time, so who knows how many potentially contaminated products are still out there in fridges.
If you do have one of these packages, you are advised to either throw it out or return it to the store for a full refund. Kroger has also said that they will provide a replacement for any potentially contaminated meat products that were produced on that day.
“We encourage customers to check their freezers for the potentially affected products and not to consume them but throw them away or return them to their place of purchase for a full refund,” Kroger representative Kristal Howard said in an interview with USA Today.
The contamination is mostly confined to the Midwest, but not just to grocery giant Kroger. JBS USA also supplies meat to local stores Food 4 Less and Jay C so if you shop at those stores make sure you check your freezer as soon as possible.
The USDA has provided a full list of the affected products for anyone who wants more information on the contamination. It can be found below:
- 3-lb. tray packages Kroger GROUND BEEF 73% LEAN – 27% FAT with product code 95051, UPC: 011110975645
- 1-lb. tray packages Kroger GROUND BEEF 80% LEAN – 20% FAT with product code 95052, UPC: 011110969729
- 3-lb. tray packages Kroger GROUND BEEF 80% LEAN – 20% FAT with product code 95053, UPC of 011110969705
- 1-lb. tray packages PRIVATE SELECTION ANGUS BEEF 80% LEAN – 20% FAT GROUND CHUCK with product code 95054, UPC: 011110971395
- 1-lb. tray packages Kroger GROUND BEEF 85% LEAN – 15% FAT with product code 95055, UPC: 011110969682
- 1-lb. tray packages Kroger GROUND SIRLOIN 90% LEAN – 10% FAT GROUND BEEF and product code 95056, UPC: 011110975638
- 1-lb. tray packages ALL NATURAL LAURA’S LEAN BEEF 92% LEAN 8% FAT GROUND BEEF with product code 95057, UPC: 612669316714
- 1-lb. tray packages ALL NATURAL LAURA’S LEAN BEEF 96% LEAN 4% FAT GROUND BEEF with product code 95058, UPC: 612669317063
- 1-lb. tray packages PRIVATE SELECTION ANGUS BEEF 90% LEAN – 10% FAT GROUND SIRLOIN with product code 95063, UPC: 011110969637
- 1-lb. tray packages Kroger GROUND BEEF 93% LEAN – 7% FAT with product code 95064, UPC: 01111096920
- 15-lb. cases JBS Ground Beef Angus Chuck 80% Lean 20% Fat Service Case with Case UPC: 0040404800632
- 15-lb. cases Ground Beef Angus Sirloin 90% Lean 10% Fat Service Case Case UPC: 0040404800634
Fortunately, this isn’t a bacterial outbreak or anything too dangerous, but it could still potentially injure your family or friends so make sure to return these meat products for a full refund at Kroger.
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