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Plastic found in ground beef prompts recall from Plainwell beef plant

People who purchased these products are being urged not to eat them.

Thousands of pounds of ground beef are being recalled by JBS Plainwell, Inc. a beef plant in Plainwell. 

The USDA Food and Safety Inspection Service announced the recall of more than 43,000 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically, pieces of hard plastic. 

The ground beef loaf products were produced on March 20 and shipped to stores in Michigan and Wisconsin, including Meijer locations in West Michigan. They have the establishment number "EST. 526M" inside the USDA inspection mark. 

The company received two complaints about green hard plastic in the ground beef products. The USDA was notified on April 5. 

People who purchased these products are being urged not to eat them. They should be thrown away or returned to the store. 

The following products are being recalled:

  • 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 recalled products have establishment number “EST. 562M” inside the USDA mark of inspection or printed on the bottom of the label. These items were shipped to retail locations in Michigan and Wisconsin.

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