Tyson Fresh Meats, Incorporated has launched a huge recall of raw ground beef products. Much of this product has been shipped to HEB stores in Texas under the label of Hill Country Fare and HEB.

Tyson, an Amarillo, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 93,697 pounds of these ground beef products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically reflective mirror-like material, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The raw, ground beef items were produced in early November 2022. The following products are subject to recall:

  • 10-lb. chubs containing “HILL COUNTRY FARE GROUND BEEF 73% LEAN/ 27% FAT with BEST BEFORE OR FREEZE BY: NOV 25, 2022.”
  • 5-lb. chubs containing “HILL COUNTRY FARE GROUND BEEF 73% LEAN/ 27% FAT with BEST BEFORE OR FREEZE BY: NOV 25, 2022.”
  • 5-lb. chubs containing “H-E-B GROUND CHUCK GROUND BEEF 80% LEAN/ 20% FAT.”

You can view the labels of these products here.

The products subject to recall bear the establishment number “EST. 245E” on the seam of the chub.

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These items were shipped to retail locations in Texas, many of those locations include HEB grocery stores statewide.

The problem was discovered when Tyson notified FSIS that they received consumer complaints reporting findings of “mirror-like” material in ground beef products purchased from grocery stores. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to the consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

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Take a look at the product labels above. If you have purchased Hill Country Fare ground beef products since the beginning of November, you are advised to check your refrigerators or freezers to see if they match up to the labels that can be seen here.  Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

Anyone with questions about the recall can contact the Tyson Fresh Meats Consumer Hotline at 1-855-382-3101.

Consumers with food safety questions can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 888-MPHotline (888-674-6854) or live chat via Ask USDA from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday.

Consumers can also browse food safety messages at Ask USDA or send a question via email to MPHotline@usda.gov.

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