The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued an alert concerning raw beef that was sold at ALDI stores, warning that it might contain plastic.
According to the health alert, FSIS specified that the raw beef might be mixed with foreign substances, specifically the "soft, clear plastic."
Though there was no recall initiated because the product is no longer up for purchase at ALDI stores, the alert from FSIS was released to inform the public about the possibility of contamination and to advise against consuming the product.
The particular beef that is being referred to was packed on July 25, 2023, into 1.5-pound plastic tray packages, bearing the label, "USDA CHOICE BLACK ANGUS BEEF FROM ALDI, BEEF FOR CARNE PICADA."
The product is marked with a "use or freeze by" date of Aug. 22, 2023, Julian date of 206, and a time stamp ranging from 08:43 to 09:23.
The USDA issued a public health alert for Aldi's USDA Choice Black Angus Beef because it may contain pieces of plastic. https://t.co/Q1ZtRC6zj8
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Additionally, the packaging bears the establishment number Est. 85M on the back label.
Representatives from ALDI were not immediately available for comment when Fox News Digital reached out for more details regarding the alert.
FSIS has stated that the beef in question was distributed to specific ALDI grocery stores throughout the U.S.
The discovery of the issue came after the establishment informed FSIS of a complaint received from a retailer, highlighting that "soft, clear plastic" was detected in the product.
Although there have been no verified incidents of illness or injury from consuming the beef, FSIS advised that those who are worried about potential health effects should consult their healthcare provider.
FSIS also expressed a concern that even though the beef is no longer being sold, it might have been purchased and stored in consumers' freezers for future consumption.
The agency strongly advised against consuming the product and recommended either disposing of it or returning the packaged beef to the store from which it was bought.
For those with inquiries regarding the public health alert, they can contact Cargill at 844-419-1574. If consumers need to report an issue with meat, poultry, or egg products, the online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System is accessible 24 hours a day at https://foodcomplaint.fsis.usda.gov/eCCF/.
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