Grocery chain Publix has announced a recall of ground turkey products produced and distributed by Prestage Foods, Inc. The company, based in St. Pauls, North Carolina, alerted Publix that the ground turkey may be contaminated with “extraneous materials.” The recall affects nearly 40,000 pounds of ground turkey.
The problem was detected following a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) review. Workers conducting sanitation procedures on equipment reported a possible problem to the FSIS. On the same day, according to a Publix news release, a worker at one of the retail locations that received the ground turkey reported seeing metal shavings in a package and notified Prestage Foods, which issued the recall.
According to a Publix announcement, the ground turkey was produced on Sept. 25-27, 2017 and has corresponding “USE BY” dates of 10/9/17 and 10/10/17. The packages bear establishment number P-22000 inside the USDA mark of inspection.
The recall encompasses the following products:
- 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.
The recalled ground turkey was distributed to Publix stores in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.
Consumers are urged to discard the product or return it to the store where it was purchased. There have been no reports of injury or illness in conjunction with this recall.
Consumers and media with questions about the recall can contact Deborah Johnson, Publix Communications Director, at 910-596-5833.