In the last year, we’ve seen more than our fair share of recalls (cauliflower, chicken, etc…). We all know it’s better to be safe than sorry, but it’s still no fun to have to inspect your fridge whenever another recall rears its head.
You’d better buckle up for the next round, because Washington Beef products are now at risk.
What products are recalled?
The recall affects 30,260 pounds of ground beef chubs from Washington Beef, packaged under the labels Double R Ranch and St. Helens Beef. The beef may contain “extraneous materials,” which include bits of hard plastic and metal. Ouch!
The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued this recall on March 2 out of an abundance of caution—no medical cases have been reported. Despite the company’s local-sounding name, the USDA says the chubs were shipped nationally, so it’s still worth taking a long look in your freezer today. (That’s a pretty good reason to put these freezer organization tips to use.)
How do I know if I have one of these products?
Luckily, the USDA has provided images that make the ground beef chubs easy to spot. Take a look at the product labels here. The affected products were distributed at the end of last year, so first look for a production date of December 27, 2018. If you have contaminated beef, the use-by or freeze-by date is January 20, 2019.
I have one of these products! What should I do with it?
According to the USDA, getting rid of these products one way or another is the right course of action. You can either toss the ground beef out, or you can return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.