Ground turkey recalled after metal shavings found in package

Some items sold at Publix

The USDA announced Monday that approximately 38,475 pounds of ground turkey has been recalled because it may be contaminated with "extraneous materials." 

Some of the affected items are sold at Publix grocery stores and were sent to distribution centers in nine states, including Florida. 

The fresh ground turkey was produced on Sept. 25 and Sept. 26, 2017. The following products are subject to recall: 

  • 1.3-lb. White Styrofoam trays with clear plastic film covering packages containing ground turkey labeled “Publix ground turkey breast WITH NATURAL FLAVORINGS” with ink jet printing on the side of trays displaying the first 4 digits of 7268 and 7269.
  • 1.3-lb. White Styrofoam trays with clear plastic film covering packages containing ground turkey labeled “Publix ground turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORINGS” with ink jet labeling on the side of trays displaying the first 4 digits of 7268 and 7269.
  • 1.2-lb. White Styrofoam trays with clear plastic film covering packages containing ground turkey labeled “Fit & Active Fresh Ground Turkey With Natural Flavoring” with ink jet labeling on the side of trays displaying the first 4 digits of 7268 and 7269.
  • 1.0-lb. White Styrofoam trays with clear plastic film covering packages containing ground turkey labeled “Weis Markets Fresh Ground Turkey Breast” with ink jet labeling on the side of trays displaying the first 4 digits of 7268 and 7269.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-22000” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

These items were shipped to retail distribution centers in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.

The problem was discovered on Sept. 27, 2017, when the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service was notified by plant employees performing sanitation on processing equipment.

On the same day, the USDA said one of the retail locations involved noticed metal shaving in a package of ground turkey from the recalling firm and notified the company.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. 

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them and should throw them away or returned them.

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