Butterball Just Recalled Over 14,000 Pounds of Ground Turkey—Here’s Why

You may have this Butterball ground turkey in your refrigerator or freezer. Here's how to know for sure.

The autumn months bring a spike in turkey purchases, whether it’s for Thanksgiving prep or to whip up an easy ground turkey recipe. Unfortunately, if you’ve bought a package of ground turkey recently, it might be time to take a second look at it. Butterball has recalled several packages of ground turkey—and with good reason.

What Caused This Turkey Recall?

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS),  a branch of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), announced that some of the company’s ground turkey products were recalled after consumers found pieces of blue plastic in the packages.

The reports received by the agency and the company state that people have been finding the pieces embedded in ground turkey, and while no injuries have been reported yet, you definitely want to make sure you don’t accidentally eat any foreign objects.

How Do I Know If I Bought Affected Product?

The ground turkey items were produced on September 28, 2021 and distributed nationwide, so this is important to know regardless of which state you live in. The recall applies to the following products:

  • 2.5-lb. trays containing “farm to family Butterball all natural Ground Turkey” with the case code 50211271, a sell or freeze by date of 10/18/2021, and timestamps from 2123 through 2302 printed on the packaging.
  • 3-lb. tray containing “Kroger Ground Turkey” with the case code 50211271, a sell or freeze by date of 10/17/2021, and timestamps from 2314 through 2351 printed on the packaging.

The packages also have the establishment number “EST. P-7345” inside the USDA mark of inspection. If your ground turkey doesn’t have any of these codes or numbers, it should be safe to eat.

What Should I Do Next?

If you’ve bought one of the affected items, throw it away or return it to the place of purchase immediately. If you have questions about the recall, you can contact the Butterball Consumer Hotline at (800) 288-8372.

And when it comes to food safety, you should always be aware of how long meat lasts in the fridge and food-safe cooking temperatures.

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Amrita Thakkar
Amrita is an Assistant Digital Editor at Taste of Home. As a writer and amateur photographer, she often ends up applying these skills to her one great love: food. She can usually be found researching global cuisines, at the farmers market, doing yoga, or looking up new places to travel to.