Ground beef

Ground beef from a Washington state company has been recalled.

TOPPENISH, Wash. — Washington Beef LLC, of Toppenish, is recalling approximately 30,260 pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with hard plastic and metal.

It is a Class 1 recall meaning “there is a reasonable probability that consumption will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death,” according to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service, which announced the recall March 2.

It involves chubs, or packaging tubes of ground beef patties, produced on Dec. 27 and include a “use or freeze by” date of Jan. 20, USDA said in a news release. The products bear establishment number “EST. 235” inside a USDA mark of inspection.

Washington Beef identified a possible foreign matter, blue plastic, from Dec. 27 production at its grind facility in Toppenish and rendered 130 cases to eliminate the problem, according to a company statement.

However, after a consumer complained to the company on Feb. 28 about finding a piece of blue plastic in the beef, the company notified FSIS and initiated the voluntary recall, the company said.

Twenty-seven distributors in 13 states contacted retailers, USDA said. The states are Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Nevada, Utah, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Maine, Ohio, Illinois and Michigan, Washington Beef said.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products, the company and USDA stated. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.  

FSIS is concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them, USDA said. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

“Washington Beef takes very seriously the safety and quality of its products,” is fully cooperating with FSIS and is reviewing its operations to prevent future contaminations, the company said.

Central Washington field reporter

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