Take a good look at your groceries -- you might need to chuck your beef!
JBS USA, a major meat supplier, has issued a recall for nearly 5,000 pounds of ground chuck beef, saying that it has been contaminated by "possible foreign matter" and "extraneous materials," most notably including shredded bits of styrofoam, according to a USDA release.
"There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products," the USDA said in the release. "FSIS has received no additional reports of injury or illness from consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider."
Not sure if your beef is good? Take a closer look: The approximately 2,460 two-pound containers of the beef in question were packed in black styrofoam and plastic wrap on July 15 and have the case code 541640 and the establishment number EST. 34176, and they are labeled "CERTIFIED ANGUS BEEF GROUND CHUCK 80% LEAN 20% FAT."
"FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers," says the release, which advises anyone with questions to get in touch with Cheri Schneider, JBS director of external communications, at (970) 506-7717.
What would happen if you ate this beef? Well, there's no telling for sure. As you can guess, consuming cooked styrofoam is not exactly the healthiest thing in the world, but as Cup Noodle-guzzling college students can attest, it's usually sort of a cumulative thing.
"Trace amounts of styrene as well as various chemical additives in polystyrene migrate into food, which increases significantly in hot liquids," said Olga Naidenko, Ph.D., a senior scientist at the Environmental Working Group, according to Bottom Line Inc. "This is a problem, because polystyrene is very commonly used as disposable packaging for hot food and beverages."