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Whole Foods recalls Organic Ground Beef due to plastic contamination

The United States Department of Agriculture The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) branch has released a public health alert due to customer complaints about hard plastic found in Whole Foods brand organic ground beef.

Although FSIS is not asking for a recall because the raw organic ground beef is no longer available for purchase, the government agency is concerned that the product may be in consumers’ refrigerators or freezers. These products have been shipped to Whole Foods locations nationwide and have an expiration date of May 18.

The ground beef products were produced on April 20, 2022. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the issue was discovered after the company received consumer complaints that they found hard plastic and rigid in ground beef products.

If you recently purchased organic ground beef from Whole Foods, take a look at the packaging hereand keep an eye out for the following:

  • 16 oz. vacuum sealed packages containing “Organic breeder Organic ground beef 93% lean 7% fat” with an expiration date of 05/18/2022
  • 16 oz. vacuum sealed packages containing “Organic breeder Organic ground beef 85% lean 15% fat” with an expiration date of 05/18/2022

Consumers will also want to keep an eye out for products bearing the establishment number “IS. 4027” inside USDA inspection mark.

Fortunately, there were no illnesses linked to the contaminated ground beef. Customers with questions can go to Ask the USDA or email the government agency directly at [email protected]

Janae Price is an editor at Thrillist. She’s originally from New York and loves all things cheese, K-pop, and culture. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter @janae_larie.