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US recall after blue chips found in meat

By Helen Glaberson , 23-Aug-2011
Last updated on 23-Aug-2011 at 13:47 GMT

A US firm is recalling 1,642lb (744.8kg) of ground beef products after blue pieces of plastic where found in the product.

The problem concerns two pound trays of Lowe’s Foods fresh ground beef produced by Lenoir-based Vantage Foods.

The products were distributed to retail outlets in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said it had not received any reports of adverse reactions following consumption of the products.

FSIS said it routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

Cargill recall

Cargill recently underwent a voluntary meat recall of 36m pounds of ground turkey on the back of salmonella fears.

Arkansas-based meat processing firm Cargill Value Added Meats Retail initiated the recall on all fresh and frozen ground turkey, even though there was no conclusive evidence of the outbreak source, the company said.

The outbreak of salmonella Heidelberg had been associated with at least 107 illnesses across 31 states, and one death.

However, last week the firm said it had resumed production of the turkey and said in a statement that it had enhanced its safety programmes.

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