Massive Beef Recall: We Have the 411

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Roughly 90,000 pounds of ground beef are being recalled by Sam Kane Beef Processors of Texas after consumers complained that they were finding bits of metal (yes, metal!) in their meat. One even complained of chipping a tooth.

Brands included in the recall are HEB grocery store brand beef products packaged between September 12 and September 18 by Sam Kane.

The pieces of metal were reported to be about 3mm, a USDA press release said. It also called the risk "low," which is comforting for the most part. Except for the part where someone chipped a tooth. Ouch.

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Alfred Bausch, general manager for the company, said all the products were sold only in Texas retail. He added:

It was not a food safety issue. It was a foreign object and the foreign object was very small.

All affected products are numbered "337" as their establishment date. Here is a complete list of the affected products:

  • Three-pound packages of HEB Ground Chuck with a production date of 09/12/14 and a use by date of 10/02/14.
  • Five-pound packages of HEB Ground Beef; 73 percent lean, 27 percent fat with a production date of 09/15/14 and a use by date of 10/05/14.
  • Ten-pound packages of HEB Ground Beef; 73 percent lean, 27 percent fat, with a production date of 09/18/14 and a use by date of 10/08/14.
  • Ten-pound clear film packages of formed patties made from Sam Kane Beef Processors Ground Chuck with a production date of 9/09/14 and a use by date of 9/29/14.

Check your freezers if you live in Texas or if you live elsewhere and think you may have bought affected meat, but don't lose enormous amounts of sleep over it. The USDA also said in their release that this "low risk" class II recall has only "a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product."

Still, better safe than sorry, right?

Do you have any of this meat? Are you worried you might?

 

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