Butterball Is Recalling More than 14,000 Pounds of Ground Turkey

published Oct 18, 2021
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With Thanksgiving on the horizon, we’ve got turkey on our minds. But in more pressing news, if you regularly buy ground turkey, you might want to check your fridge: Butterball has issued a voluntary recall of more than 14,000 pounds of ground turkey products. The company cites potential contamination with extraneous materials — namely hard blue plastic — as the reason for the recall. While no illnesses or injuries have been reported to date, the recall was issued after the company received complaints from consumers who found extraneous small plastic pieces.

Sold at select BJ’s and Kroger stores nationwide, the two items involved in the 14,107-pound recall were produced on September 28, 2021, and bear the establishment number “EST. P-7345” inside the USDA mark of inspection stamped on the side of the tray (see images of the product in Butterball’s recall alert). Products affected in this recall include the following:

  • 2.5-pound trays containing “farm to family BUTTERBALL all natural Ground Turkey” with the case code 50211271, a sell or freeze by date of 10/18/2021, timestamps from 2123 through 2302 printed on the packaging, and a UPC# 2265571588 on the barcode
  • 3-pound trays containing “Kroger GROUND TURKEY” with the case code 50211271, a sell or freeze by date of 10/17/2021, timestamps from 2314 through 2351 printed on the packaging, and a UPC# 1111097993 on the barcode

If you have any of the recalled items at home (check your freezer too!), do not consume them. They should instead be disposed of immediately or returned to their place of purchase. Should you have any additional questions or concerns about the recall, contact the Butterball Consumer Hotline at (800) 288-8372.