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If You Bought Some Ground Turkey Recently, You Might Want To Return It

A North Carolina company is recalling thousands of pounds of contaminated ground turkey. The product could possibly be tainted with metal. If you purchased the product, you might want to head back to the store with it.

Prestige Foods Inc. of St. Paul’s, North Carolina is recalling some 40,000 pounds of ground turkey. After an inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said they found that the product packaged on Sept. 25 and 27 might have been tainted with metal.

USDA-FSIS inspectors were notified about the problem when workers at the meat packaging plant stumbled upon some problems when cleaning the machines that they believed could result in metal debris making its way into the product.

State inspectors came to investigate noticed metal shavings in one package of meat that was packaged earlier that day.

Packages of the potentially tainted turkey meat have been shipped to retailers around the country. The meat may turn up in stores in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.

The products are sold as store brands in supermarket chains Publix, Aldi and Weis Markets.

The packages in question have the code "P-22000" stamped on the inside of the container.

Products being recalled include Publix Ground Turkey Breast with Natural Flavorings in 1.3 lb. size containers, Fit & Active Fresh Ground Turkey with Natural Flavoring in 1.2 lb. size containers, and Weis Markets Fresh Ground Turkey Breast in 1.0 lb. containers.

Serial numbers on products to look out for begin with 7268 and 7269.

The USDA is urging consumers to dispose of the meat, or to return it to the place where they purchased it for a full refund. As of this writing, there have been no consumer complaints or reports of illnesses from customers.

Anyone who is injured or made ill by the tainted meat should visit a healthcare specialist, officials say, and report the incident to the USDA.

If you've noticed a lot more food is recalled these days than used to be, keep in mind that it's a good thing. According to Food Safety Magazine, the FDA issued 760 recalls last year alone, and that's up 20 percent from the year before. More companies are issuing voluntary recalls as well, in order to avoid risks.

Food recalls have increased in recent years due to better technology and testing capabilities. "It's not that there's necessarily more contamination; it's that the industry is getting better at detecting what's there," said Kevin Pollack, vice president of recall company Stericycle Expert Solutions, in an interview with Food Business News.

"These recalls increased when genome testing gave companies and regulators better tools for detecting bacteria. In the past, they might not have known what was causing an outbreak, but now it's easier to identify contamination causes and recall affected products to better protect consumers."

Source: New York Post, ABC 11
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