More than 2,000 pounds of ground beef produced by an Illinois-based meat wholesaler have been recalled following complaints from consumers about “rubber-like” material found in the burger patties. According to the US Department of Agriculture, Weinstein Whole Meats, Inc., located in Forest Park, Illinois, is recalling approximately 2,122 pounds of raw ground beef burger products that may be contaminated with “extraneous materials, specifically pieces of white neoprene.”
The affected grass-fed beef burger patties were produced on March 14, 2023, and were shipped to an online distributor, which then shipped the products to customers across the country. The contaminated products can be identified by the established number “Est. 6987” on the packaging.
Weinstein Whole Meats was alerted to the issue after receiving complaints from customers about white “rubber-like” material found in the ground beef patties during preparation. While there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has warned that consumers may have the contaminated products in their refrigerators or freezers and be unaware of the recall.
Weinstein Whole Meats is working with the FSIS and has conducted an internal review at its Forest Park facility to implement corrective action. “Our company is committed to producing high quality and safe food for our customers,” said a spokesperson for Weinstein Whole Meats.