The United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS )has issued a far-reaching recall of a popular food item.
The governmental agency “announced Wednesday, April 3, that approximately 20,373 pounds of AdvancePierre Foods and Enid, Okla. ready-to-eat beef patties may be contaminated with plastic.”
AdvancePierre Foods is a subsidiary of Tyson Foods, a company that has had its share of recalls in recent years.
The recall notice was in response to customer complaints of discovering “soft purple plastic” pieces in the flame-broiled, ready-to-eat ground beef patties they had purchased.
The allegations have not been officially verified, but the ready-to-eat beef patties are being recalled in an abundance of caution.
According to Fox 6 News, “The patties were distributed out of Enid, Oklahoma and were shipped nationwide to both retail and institutional locations.
Some schools are reportedly among recipients of the patties, although authorities make it clear that it was NOT as part of the National School Lunch Program.
The items in question are:
“Product numbers 'EST. 2260E' inside the USDA mark of inspection are subject to recall. The beef patties were produced on Nov. 30, 2018.
The following products under recall were shipped to nationwide retail and institutional locations:
"14.06-lb. cases containing three bags with 30 pieces for a total of 90 portions of “CN FULLY COOKED, FLAME-BROILED BEEF PATTIES CARAMEL COLOR ADDED” with case code 155-525-0 and package code 8334."
The USDA emphasizes that these are the only products in question at this time. They urge consumers to check their freezers immediately to see if they have purchased the product at any time.
If you have any of them in your freezer, the USDA says DO NOT EAT them, but to throw them away or return them to the place of purchase.