If you have ground beef in your refrigerator or freezer, you are going to want to check to see if it’s part of a new recall. The United States Department of Agriculture announced a Class I recall of 38,406 pounds of ground beef due to improper inspection practices.
JBS Food Canada of Alberta exported the raw, frozen boneless beef into the United States on July 13, 2020, according to the USDA recall notice. After it arrived in the country, it was ground and put into 10-pound packages to be sold in stores.
According to the USDA, its Food Safety and Inspection Service discovered the meat had bypassed its normal reinspection process after importation. As a result, health officials are concerned that the product may not be safe for public consumption.
The recalled products are 10-pound “chubs” of “BALTER MEAT COMPANY 73/27 GROUND BEEF” with use by/freeze by dates of Aug. 9 or Aug. 10, 2020, pack dates listed of 072020, 072120 or 072220, and lot codes of 2020A or 2030A. Consumers can also find an establishment number of EST. 11126 inside the USDA mark of inspection.
All of these numbers can be found on the products’ labels.
The USDA reported the recalled meat was shipped to distribution centers in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina for further distribution to retail locations.
At this time, no one has reported any illnesses or adverse reactions due to the consumption of the recalled products. However, the USDA recommends anyone who is worried about a reaction should contact his or her personal physician.
If you have one of the recalled items in your home, the USDA recommends either throwing it out or returning it to its place of purchase. Anyone with questions or concerns about the recall can contact the JBS USA Consumer Hotline at 800-727-2333.