Recall Notification Report

Cargill Recalls Beef Products Due To Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

Class III Recall 058-2015
Apr 10, 2015
En Español

Congressional and Public Affairs
Gabrielle N. Johnston 
(202) 720-9113


WASHINGTON, April 10, 2015 – Cargill Meat Solutions, a Wyalusing, Pa. establishment, is recalling approximately 8,294 pounds of ground beef product that may be contaminated with blue string, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The ground beef patties were produced on April 6, 2015. The following products are subject to recall: [View Label]

  • 5.3-lb. trays containing sixteen pieces of “85% Lean | 15% Fat MEADOWLAND FARMS Ground Beef 1/3 LB. PATTIES,” with a use or freeze by date of April 18, 2015.

The products subject to recall bear the establishment number “EST. 9400” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items produced were shipped to warehouse locations in Connecticut and Maryland.

The problem was discovered when the establishment was cleaning and observed a cotton/poly blend blue string in one of the machines. The company then contacted their FSIS District Office, as it had reason to believe that some of the string may have ended up in the final product.

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 call Cargill at 1-877-596-4069. Media with questions about the recall can contact Michael Martin, Director of Communications, at (316) 291-2126. Consumers who have purchased affected products have been contacted directly by the retailer.

Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at or via smartphone at 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 10 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:


Label, Recalled Product


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 Jun 08, 2016