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Recall Notification Report

Massachusetts Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products Due To Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

Class III Recall 008-2015
Jan 14, 2015

Congressional and Public Affairs 
Katherine Scheidt
(202) 720-9113

 

WASHINGTON, Jan. 14, 2015 – J & G Foods, Inc., a Sutton, MA establishment, is recalling approximately 33,948 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with plastic materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The ground beef products were produced on Dec. 23, 2014. The following products are subject to recall:

  • 1-lb. vacuum sealed packages of “Wegman’s Organic 93% Lean/7% Fat Grass-Fed Ground Beef.”
  • 3-pack containing three 1-lb packages of “Wegman’s Organic 93% Lean/7% Fat Grass-Fed Ground Beef.”  

The products subject to recall bear the establishment number “EST. 8466” inside the USDA mark of inspection and “USE OR FREEZE BY 01/16/15”. These products produced were shipped to retail locations in Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

The problem was discovered after the firm received consumer complaints through retail establishments that the product contained small malleable plastic pieces.

FSIS and the company have received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.  Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.  

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Edward R Briggs, Quality Assurance Manager, at (508) 865-1101. Media with questions about the recall can contact Joseph Piperato, President, at (508) 865-1101.

Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

USDA Recall Classifications
Class I This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
Class III This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.
Last Modified May 11, 2015