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RECALL ALERT: Publix ground turkey may contain metal shavings

Weis turkey recall (USDA)

The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced a recall Monday for ground turkey processed by a North Carolina meat production facility.

Prestage Foods in North Carolina is recalling approximately 38,475 pounds of ground turkey due to metal shavings being found in the meat, the USDA says.

The ground turkey was produced on September 25 and 26, and shipped to stores in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee, according to the USDA.

Workers at one of the stores noticed metal shavings in a pack of ground turkey, and alerted the USDA, the agency says.

All following products are subject to the recall:

  • 1.3-lb. White Styrofoam trays with clear plastic film covering packages containing ground turkey labeled “Publix ground turkey breast WITH NATURAL FLAVORINGS” with ink jet printing on the side of trays displaying the first 4 digits of 7268 and 7269.
  • 1.3-lb. White Styrofoam trays with clear plastic film covering packages containing ground turkey labeled “Publix ground turkey WITH NATURAL FLAVORINGS” with ink jet labeling on the side of trays displaying the first 4 digits of 7268 and 7269.
  • 1.2-lb. White Styrofoam trays with clear plastic film covering packages containing ground turkey labeled “Fit & Active Fresh Ground Turkey With Natural Flavoring” with ink jet labeling on the side of trays displaying the first 4 digits of 7268 and 7269.
  • 1.0-lb. White Styrofoam trays with clear plastic film covering packages containing ground turkey labeled “Weis Markets Fresh Ground Turkey Breast” with ink jet labeling on the side of trays displaying the first 4 digits of 7268 and 7269.
  • Inside the USDA mark of inspection, the products that are subject to recall are labeled with the establishment number “P-22000”.

Prestage told the USDA the problem likely was the result of plant employees performing sanitation on processing equipment.

According to the USDA, there are currently no confirmed reports of sickness from eating these products.

The products listed above are not to be consumed, and should be thrown away or returned back to the place of purchase, the USDA says.

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