By: Richard L. Smith
A company in Ohio recalled nearly 23,000 pounds of chili distributed or began to make its way to schools in several states, including N.J., due to possible contamination.
On Sunday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said J.T.M. Provisions Company, a Harrison, Ohio establishment, recalled approximately 22,530 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat beef chili with beans products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically white plastic.
FSIS officials said the frozen, ready-to-eat beef chili with beans was produced on February 27, 2023. The following products are subject to recall:
- 30-lb. case of “CHILI WITH BEANS” containing six 5-lb. boilable bags of “CP5309 CHILI WITH BEANS” with lot code 23058 printed on the bag and “February 27, 2023” and lot code 23058 printed on the case.
The products subject to recall bear the establishment number “EST. 1917” inside the USDA mark of inspection on the case.
USDA Foods purchased these products for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). These items were shipped to California, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Wisconsin distributors.
According to FSIS officials, the problem was discovered after the company received a customer complaint about semi-rigid white plastic material found in the frozen, ready-to-eat beef chili with beans and notified FSIS.
There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.
Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.
FSIS is concerned that some products may be in school freezers or refrigerators. School nutrition professionals who have purchased these products are urged not to prepare or consume them.
These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.