Yikes! According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, JBS USA is recalling 4,992 pounds of meat after shreds of styrofoam were found in the ground beef.
This recall affects products that were manufactured on July 15, 2017. Buyers should check their fridge for beef labeled "Certified Angus Beef Ground Chuck 80% Lean 20% Fat" with the case code 541640.
Another marker to look for is the establishment number "EST. 34176," which is printed underneath the FDA seal on the package. According to the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service, the meats in question were shipped to a distribution center in North Carolina to await delivery.
JBS USA learned of the problem on July 29, 2017, prompting the USDA's media release. Fortunately, no cases have been reported of anyone being negatively affected by the styrofoam contamination. That said, the FSIS encourages those who are worried about any health concerns regarding the recall to contact their doctor.
The release contained no information about whether the meat at the distribution center in North Carolina was actually shipped to any other states, nor does it list stores with potentially contaminated meat.
If you have any concerns, feel free to contact the FSIS 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov. You can also dial their toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time to speak to a representative in English or Spanish. If you would like to report any other complaints, you can do so at https://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.
h/t Country Living