43,000 pounds of beef from Plainwell plant recalled

Michigan

PLAINWELL, Mich. (WOOD) — A beef producer in Plainwell is recalling thousands of pounds of ground beef over concerns the meat could be contaminated with pieces of plastic.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Monday that 43,292 pounds of beef produced at the JBS plant on 11th Street is being recalled after two complaints  that the meat was contaminated with green hard plastic.

The following products, which were produced on March 20, 2019, are subject to recall:

  • 1-lb. plastic wrapped ground beef loaf with “fresh from Meijer GROUND BEEF 80% LEAN 20% FAT” with case code 47283 and sell by date of 4/10/2019 represented on the label.
  • 1-lb. plastic wrapped ground beef loaf with “fresh from Meijer GROUND BEEF 85% LEAN 15% FAT” with case code 47285 and sell by date of 4/10/2019 represented on the label.
  • 1-lb. plastic wrapped ground beef loaf with “fresh from Meijer GROUND BEEF 90% LEAN 10% FAT” with case code 47290 and sell by date of 4/10/2019 represented on the label.
  • 1-lb. plastic wrapped ground beef loaf with “LEAN GROUND BEEF” with case code 42093 and sell by date of 4/10/2019 represented on the label.
  • 1-lb. plastic wrapped ground beef loaf with “CERTIFIED GROUND SIRLOIN” with case code 42090 and sell by date of 4/10/2019 represented on the label.
  • 1-lb. plastic wrapped ground beef loaf with “CERTIFIED GROUND ROUND” with case code 42085 and sell by date of 4/10/2019 represented on the label.
  • 1-lb. plastic wrapped ground beef loaf with “Fresh! BLACK ANGUS GROUND CHUCK” with case code 42283 and sell by date of 4/10/2019 represented on the label.
  • 1-lb. plastic wrapped ground beef loaf with “CERTIFIED GROUND CHUCK” with case code 81631 and sell by date of 4/10/2019 represented on the label.
  • 1-lb. plastic wrapped ground beef loaf with “GROUND BEEF” with case code 81629 and sell by date of 4/10/2019 represented on the label.

The ground beef went to stores in Michigan and Wisconsin. The products have the establishment number “EST. 562M” inside the USDA mark of inspection or printed on the bottom end of the label.

The USDA was first notified of the issue April 5 after two reports of green, hard plastic in ground beef. No injuries or illnesses have been reported.

Still, authorities are warning consumers to check freezers and throw away any contaminated beef found. If you’ve consumed the meat and are worried about your health, you should contct your doctor.

The USDA is labeling this a Class II recall, describing the health risk as “low.” Class II also means a list of the stores that sold the product isn’t being released. That typically only happens for Class I recalls, which involve a “high” risk of health problems, most common for things like salmonella and listeria contamination.

JBS is a large company with meat-producing plants across the United States. This isn’t its first problem. Just a few months ago, its plant in Arizona had a massive recall of 12 million pounds of raw beef over possible salmonella contamination that sickened about 250 people.

24 Hour News 8 made multiple calls to JBS and Meijer seeking comment, but they were not returned Tuesday.

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