A St. Pauls, North Carolina-based food company recalled nearly 40,000 pounds of ground turkey due to the possibility the meat was contaminated by metal shavings, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service on Monday.
Prestage Foods Inc. issued the recall after the problem was discovered Sept. 27, when both factory workers performing sanitation on processing equipment and retail workers selling the ground turkey noticed the loose metal shavings. Both the company and the Department of Agriculture were notified then.
The recalled products were shipped to distribution centers in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.
The company recalled four products, which were produced Sept. 25 and 26, according to the government agency accounting for about 38,475 pounds of ground turkey. The four products range from 1-pound to 1.3-pound packages of ground turkey on white Styrofoam trays, covered with clear plastic films.
Each product bears the number “P-22000” inside the USDA mark of inspection, according to the announcement.
Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. The turkey meat should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.
The release can be found here.