The US Department of Agriculture has issued a new beef recall, this time due to an unusual contaminant: blue plastic chips. According to Food Safety News, a consumer found the chips in ground beef distributed by Vantage Foods, and subsequently, 1,642 pounds of product are currently being recalled from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. Although of uncertain origin, the plastic chips are not believed to be a serious danger, warranting only a class III recall—the type connoting that there are no severe risks to human health. In addition to the 60,000 pounds of beef recalled last week due to E. coli contamination, 36 million pounds of ground turkey were recalled earlier this month due to an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant salmonella that has sickened more than 100 people and killed one.
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