Butterball Recalls More Than 14,000 Pounds of Raw Ground Turkey
The product may contain plastic pieces, the company says
Butterball, LLC said Wednesday that it is recalling more than 14,000 pounds of raw ground turkey sold nationwide at BJ’s and Kroger stores after consumers complained that they found bits of blue plastic in the product. There have been no confirmed injuries due to consuming the recalled products.
The recall involves 2.5-pound trays of “Farm to Family Butterball All Natural Ground Turkey” sold at BJ’s stores (above left) and 3-pound trays of “Kroger Ground Turkey” sold at Kroger stores (above right).
"At this time, we are aware of two consumer complaints of plastic being found—one through USDA and one directly to us. Both were from the northeastern U.S.,” Christa Leupen, a Butterball spokesperson told CR.
The Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said the agency “is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ freezers,” and advises consumers to throw away the recalled turkey, or return it to the store where it was purchased. Leupen said that consumers will be able to obtain a refund for the recalled products.
Products recalled: 14,107 pounds of Butterball and Kroger ground turkey. Both products have the establishment number “EST. P-7345” inside the USDA mark of inspection on the package. The specific products recalled are:
• 2.5-pound trays of “Farm to Family Butterball All Natural Ground Turkey” sold at BJ’s stores with a "sell or freeze by" date of 10/18/2021 and a timestamp between 2123 and 2302 on the side of the package, and UPC code 2265571588 in the barcode.
• 3-pound trays of “ Kroger Ground Turkey” with a "sell or freeze by" date of 10/17/2021 and a timestamp between 2314 and 2351 on the side of the package, and UPC code 1111097993 in the barcode.
The problem: Customers reported finding blue plastic in their raw, ground turkey.
The fix: The Department of Agriculture says consumers should throw out any of the recalled product, or return it to the point of purchase for a refund.
How to contact the manufacturer: If you have questions about the recall, call the Butterball Consumer Hotline at 800-288-8372 or go to the company’s recall page.