Boston Market is recalling about 86 tons of its boneless pork rib patties because they may be contaminated with bits of glass or hard plastic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said in a news release.
The patties were distributed by Bellsio Foods and were part of the Boston Market Home Style Meals labeled as Boneless Pork Rib Shaped Patty with BBQ Sauce & Mashed Potatoes. Affected packages have the “Best By” dates of 12/07/2019 and lot code 8341; 01/04/2020 and lot code 9004; 1/24/2020 and lot code 9024; and 02/15/2020 and lot code 9046. Packages also bear the establishment number “EST. 18297” on the end carton flap of the packages.
Affected packages were distributed to a Department of Defense facility in Tucson, Arizona, and retail locations nationwide.
The contamination was discovered after a consumer contacted the establishment and complained that glass or hard plastic was in the rib shaped patty. FSIS was notified about the problem Feb. 22, and the recall ensued. There have been no adverse events reported to date, but anyone concerned that they may have consumed the contaminated meat patty should contact a health care provider.
FSIS is concerned that the recalled Boston Market boneless pork rib patties may be in consumers’ freezers, and is urging people to check their freezers for affected products and not eat them. Instead, they should either throw them away or return them to the place of purchase.
This recall is listed as a Class I, which involves a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probably that use of the product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.