Kroger supplier recalling ground beef

(CNN) - A North Carolina food processing company that supplies meat to Kroger is recalling more than 35,000 pounds of ground beef because it might be contaminated with bits of hard plastic.

JBS USA decided to recall the items after a consumer complained that hard, blue pieces of plastic were found in one of the products, the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said in a statement.

The beef, produced on March 22, was shipped to distribution centers in Indiana and Virginia for sale in stores in those states.

The meat is packaged under the labels Kroger Ground Beef, Private Selection Angus Beef, Kroger Ground Sirloin and All Natural Laura's Lean Beef and stamped with "EST. 34176" inside the USDA mark of inspection.

"There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to the consumption of these products," the USDA said. "Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider."

Consumers who have bought the meat are urged not to eat the products, but instead either throw it away or return it to the store.

CNN has reached out to Kroger and JBS USA for comment and is waiting to hear back.

Meanwhile, Kroger shoppers in the Tri-State are making sure their ground beef isn't affected.

As shoppers focus on crossing off their shopping list, their minds are also on the recall issued on ground beef sold at other Kroger stores.


"We do use a lot of ground beef in our house. Most of the time I am here buying ground beef," said

Donna Horsely of Sorgho.


A Kroger spokeswoman says shipments in question went to stores in their Mid-Atlantic region, covering North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia, along with stores in other parts of Indiana and Illinois. The spokeswoman adds none of those products are in any stores today.


"If I buy it, I need to check it," says Janice Cooney of Owensboro.


Shoppers at Owensboro area stores say they check ground beef they buy.


"I would just open it and look through it to be sure there was nothing in it before I freeze it," Cooney says. Despite the recall, they would still buy ground beef again.


"I trust that they'll find it. They'll take care of it for us," says Horsely.


A Kroger spokeswoman adds Ruler Foods stores, which are owned by Kroger, were not affected by this recall.


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(This story was originally published May 3, 2018)

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