Another day, another food recall. Raw beef sold in New York State is being recalled due to potential foreign matter contamination. It seems like there are constant food recalls, which is pretty scary because it's like "Who is inspecting our food"? The short answer seems to be no one.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued a public health alert about the raw beef product. It may be contaminated with a soft, clear plastic. Technically, it's not a "recall" since the product is no longer available for purchase, but consumers may still have it in their freezers or refrigerators.
The product was shipped to select ALDI stores in New York State and nationwide. The product was produced on July 25, 2023.
Approximately 1.5-lb. plastic tray packages containing “USDA CHOICE BLACK ANGUS BEEF FROM ALDI, BEEF FOR CARNE PICADA” with a “Use or Freeze by” date of Aug. 22, 2023, Julian Date 206, and time stamp between 08:43 through 09:23. The product bears the establishment number Est. 85M on the back label. The product was available in select ALDI grocery stores nationwide.
If you have any concerns, you can address your food safety questions or concerns by calling the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 888-MPHotline (888-674-6854) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) Monday through Friday.
There was another recall of meat in New York State recently, but it was for frozen meat (over 50 products). You can read more about that recall here.
If you love to get your meat directly from a butcher, rather than a grocery store, check out some good butchers in New York State.