Popular Ground Beef Recalled After Contamination Discovered

Popular Ground Beef Recalled After Contamination Discovered
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(DailyDig.com) – Publix Super Markets announced a voluntary recall for Market Ground Beef on May 31. The warning stated that one batch of the product may contain a foreign material.

The Village store at Flynn Crossing, located in Alpharetta, Georgia, produced the recalled batch on May 29 due to the possibility of containing foreign material.

The company said that the affected ground beef has a 5-30-2024 sell-by date and item number 26923000000. The recall does not impact any other store locations or products. No ground beef sold in that store location on May 31 or after is part of the recall.

Maria Brous, the director of Publix’s communications, issued a statement announcing the removal of all potentially foreign-material-containing products from the store. She said that Publix is committed to providing safe foods for their customers to consume.

Although this recall was specifically for possible foreign material contamination, recalls for any food product may range from undeclared or mislabeled ingredients in the labeling of the product to bacterial contamination or foreign materials in the product.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) labels things like plastics, rubber, wood, metal, rocks, or glass, in small dimensions and quantities, as foreign materials in food products. During processing, these materials may find their way into products.

The company did not indicate what foreign material may be contaminating the recalled ground beef or if they had received any reports of contaminants. They asked their customers who purchased the recalled product to throw it away or return it to the Flynn Crossing store to receive a refund.

Also, the USDA informed customers that if they ever find a poultry or meat product to contain a foreign material, they should call their hotline for meat and poultry at 888-674-6854 Monday through Friday, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Eastern Time. The customer may also call the store directly from which they purchased the product, or they may even call the manufacturer of the product.

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