More Than 17 Tons Of Ground Beef Have Been Recalled Due To Plastic Contaminants

Another day, another recall. In the past several days, we’ve kept you up-to-date on the now-deadly romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak, but, unfortunately, it looks like there is yet another reason for Americans to be checking the labels on their groceries.

On May 2nd, the USDA published a news release that detailed possible plastic contaminants found in over 35,000 pounds of ground beef. The meat, which was manufactured by JBS USA out of Lenoir, North Carolina, was distributed by Kroger stores in several states around the South and Midwest.

The problem was first reported by a customer who found “blue, hard plastic pieces” in the ground beef. Once the contaminants were examined by the USDA’s Inspection Service, the official recall was implemented. Although the agency has deemed the potential health risks as being low, they are still urging any and all customers to either return or trash the tainted meat. Good call!

So, how do you know if your ground beef might be affected?

First things first: if your Kroger-bought package has a “produced on” date of March 22, 2018, then you have reason to read on. Here is an official list of the products that are part of the recall:

  • 3-lb. tray packages containing “Kroger GROUND BEEF 73% LEAN – 27% FAT” with product code 95051, UPC: 011110975683, and a Sell By date of 4/9/2018.
  • 1-lb. tray packages containing “Kroger GROUND BEEF 80% LEAN – 20% FAT” with product code 95052, UPC: 011110977342, and a Sell By date of 4/9/2018.
  • 3-lb. tray packages containing “Kroger GROUND BEEF 80% LEAN – 20% FAT” with product code 95053, UPC 011110975690, and a Sell By date of 4/9/2018.
  • 1-lb. tray packages containing “PRIVATE SELECTION ANGUS BEEF 80% LEAN – 20% FAT GROUND CHUCK” with product code 95054, UPC: 011110971395, and a Sell By date of 4/9/2018.
  • 1-lb. tray packages containing “Kroger GROUND BEEF 85% LEAN – 15% FAT” with product code 95055, UPC: 011110969484, and a Sell By date of 4/9/2018.
  • 1-lb. tray packages containing “Kroger GROUND SIRLOIN 90% LEAN – 10% FAT GROUND BEEF” and product code 95056, UPC: 011110975638, and a Sell By date of 4/9/2018.
  • 1-lb. tray packages containing “ALL NATURAL LAURA’S LEAN BEEF 92% LEAN 8% FAT GROUND BEEF” with product code 95057, UPC: 612669316714, and a Sell By date of 4/9/2018.
  • 1-lb. tray packages containing “ALL NATURAL LAURA’S LEAN BEEF 96% LEAN 4% FAT GROUND BEEF” with product code 95058, UPC: 612669317063, and a Sell By date of 4/9/2018.
  • 1-lb. tray packages containing “PRIVATE SELECTION ANGUS BEEF 90% LEAN – 10% FAT GROUND SIRLOIN” with product code 95063, UPC: 011110969637 and a Sell By date of 4/9/2018.
  • 1-lb. tray packages containing “Kroger GROUND BEEF 93% LEAN – 7% FAT” with product code 95064, UPC: 01111096920, and a Sell By date of 4/9/2018.
  • 15-lb. cases containing “JBS Ground Beef Angus Chuck 80% Lean 20% Fat Service Case” with Case UPC: 0040404800632 and a “Sell By: 9.APRIL.”
  • 15-lb. cases containing “Ground Beef Angus Sirloin 90% Lean 10% Fat Service Case” Case UPC: 0040404800634, and a “Sell By: 9.APRIL.”

Because the USDA was a little late to catch this one, it’s important that you open up your freezers, too, to double-check that you didn’t buy one of these products a couple of weeks ago with the intention to cook it up later!

To learn even more about this recall, including the distribution centers that were affected, be sure to watch the video below.



Were you affected by this recall? If so, was it simple to return the product? Have you ever become sickened from tainted food?

Source: USDA