Love yourself some all-American burgers? That may be a problem. Washington Beef LLC just announced they’re recalling nearly 30,000 pounds of beef that may have been contaminated during processing. Scarily, they aren’t even saying what it was contaminated with, really.
It’s a crazy world when not even your food is safe. Here’s the details to help you avoid getting sick.
- Washington Beef LLC first announced the recall last Saturday, March 2, 2019. Their statement advised the public that beef contained “extraneous materials,” but it isn’t clear exactly what this means.
- Neither the release from the company nor the the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) have clarified the meaning. All we know so far is that a customer reported “contamination” of some kind on Feb 28, 2019,
- The recall encompasses a massive amount of meat: 30,260 pounds in total. It is only centered on ground beef (which, ironically, has the highest risk for contamination due the way it’s processed).
- Washington Beef says that the only batches included are those with a use or freeze by date of January 20, 2019 and the text “EST. 235” within the USDA inspection stamp. Most consumers would have already eaten these batches by now — but you may still have some in your freezer.
- FSIS also released a statement on the subject, saying that they are, “concerned that some product may be frozen in consumers’ freezers.” They also stated that “Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.”
- No one has reported adverse reactions as a result of the tainted meat as of the time this article was written. However, given that many people store ground beef out of the original package, it could happen in the future.