Most Americans have ground beef sitting in their refrigerator or freezer. Those that do have a potentially dangerous situation brewing next to the vegetable drawer. Beef lovers should read on, and then check to ensure they do now have tainted ground beef on their hands.
A major ground beef producer is recalling around 5,000 pounds of ground beef because they may contain foreign materials. Details on which ground beef products to look out for are included below, including pictures of the labels. Consumers are strongly encouraged to check their refrigerator and freezer for the products shown below.
The ground beef is being recalled because shredded pieces of Styrofoam packaging were found to have mixed in with the meat. The United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has investigated the matter and issued a recall.
There are health dangers surrounding Styrofoam, because it uses a chemical called Styrene. According to the Earth Resource Foundation, exposure to or ingestion of Styrene can cause “irritation of the skin, eyes, and upper respiratory tract, and gastrointestinal effects. Chronic exposure affects the central nervous system showing symptoms such as depression, headache, fatigue, and weakness, and can cause minor effects on kidney function and blood. Styrene is classified as a possible human carcinogen by the EPA and by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). ”
No one has yet gotten sick from eating the ground beef, and possibly, the Styrofoam. However, anymore who may have and has any concerns should contact their doctor or health care provider.
The beef was produced by JBS USA on July 15 of this year. They came wrapped in black Styrofoam trays (the picture provided here is merely for reference). and sport the labels and case codes shown below.
JBS USA, Inc., a Lenoir, N.C. establishment, is recalling approximately 4,922 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
The ground chuck beef items were produced on July 15, 2017. The following products are subject to recall:[View Label (PDF Only)]
2-lb. black Styrofoam plastic wrapped trays containing ground beef labeled “CERTIFIED ANGUS BEEF GROUND CHUCK 80% LEAN 20% FAT” with a production date 7/15/17 and case code 541640.
The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 34176” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to a distribution center in North Carolina for further distribution.
The problem was discovered on July 29, 2017, when the establishment was made aware of foreign materials, specifically shredded pieces of Styrofoam packaging, in the product.
There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. FSIS has received no additional reports of injury or illness from consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.
FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.
Consumers and media with questions about the recall can contact Cheri Schneider, JBS Director of External Communications, at (970) 506-7717.
Here are photos of the labels associated with the ground beef recall.
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H/T: Good Housekeeping