Butterball is recalling more than 14,000 pounds of ground turkey products sold nationwide because they may contain small pieces of hard blue plastic.
The ground turkey items were produced on September 28, 2021 at Butterball’s facility in Mt. Olive, North Carolina, according to a notice released Wednesday by the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the US Department of Agriculture. , or FSIS. The 675,000 square foot plant outside of Raleigh is the largest turkey processing plant in the world, processing 17 million turkeys per year, according to Butterball.
The problem was discovered after FSIS and Butterball received complaints from consumers about plastic embedded in raw turkey meat, the federal agency said.
No injuries were reported.
Butterball’s recall involves ground turkey sold under the Farm to Family and Kroger brands at specific BJ’s and Kroger retail stores, the Garner, North Carolina-based turkey and other poultry producer said in a separate press release.
The following products are subject to a recall:
- 2.5-pound packages of Farm to Family Ground Turkey sold only at BJ’s stores with a sell or freeze date of November 18, 2021 and timestamps 2123-2302 and P-7345 on the side.
- 3-pound packages of Kroger brand ground turkey with a sell or freeze date of November 17, 2021 and time stamps 2314-2351 and P-7345.
Consumers should check their freezers and refrigerators for the recalled turkey and discard or return any product to the place of purchase, according to FSIS and Butterball, a subsidiary of Seaboard Corp., a multinational food company based in Merriam, Kansas.
Consumers who have questions about the recall can call 1-800-288-8372 ext. 6 for more information.