Washington Beef, LLC is recalling 30,260 pounds of ground beef nationwide due to potential contamination of "extraneous materials, specifically hard plastic and metal." Issued on March 2, 2019 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the press release notes that consumers should be aware of any brand products marked with the establishment number EST 235 inside of the USDA seal on the packaging. Consumers can view a complete list of product labels being recalled here.
While the recalled products—produced December 27, 2018, and marked with a "use or freeze by" date of January 20, 2019—may have been off store shelves for some time, the FSIS notes that consumers are likely to have the product stored in their freezer. Anyone who has purchased these products recently is urged to discard of them or return the products to the place of purchase.
The issue was first brought to light by a consumer who filed a complain with the brand on February 28, 2019. The FSIS has since deemed this a Class I recall: "a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death." To date, no reported cases of adverse health reactions to Washington Beef products have been confirmed.
Consumers who have questions about the recall can call Jay Theiler, Vice President of Marketing at Washington Beef, at (855) 472-6455.