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Some of the 10 tons of meat recalled for possible purple plastic went to schools

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A not-food-in-your-food recall touches U.S. schools for the third time in a month after Tuesday night’s announcement that 20,373 pounds of ready-to-eat beef patties have been recalled because they might have “soft purple plastic.”

That’s from the USDA recall notice.

AdvancePierre senior communications manager Worth Sparkman said the company knows some, not all, of the patties went to schools, but doesn’t know which school systems bought from the distributors that bought from AdvancePierre. The company does know the patties went to distributors in Florida, Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin.

None of the meat are available for retail sale, but rather, the USDA said, “were shipped to food service locations nationwide. While the product was distributed to schools, it resulted from a commercial sale and was not part of food provided by the USDA for the National School Lunch Program.”

The USDA made sure to note that same difference when announcing that Processadora La Hacienda recalled corned beef that went to schools in Puerto Rico after someone found metal in a chub of beef on March 7. The next day, workers in two different schools found metal in breaded chicken patties, prompting a recall by Productos La Aguadillana.

AdvancePierre learned of its problem Monday from two customer complaints about soft purple plastic in its CN Fully Cooked Flamebroiled Beef Patties Caramel Color Added. The recalled run has a case code No. 155-525-0 and package code No. 8334. Anyone with questions can call AdvancePierre at 855-382-3101.

AdvancePierre’s parent company, Tyson Foods, has had two not-food-in-your-food recalls this year, of chicken nuggets that might have rubber in January and chicken strips that might have medal in March.

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Since 1989, David J. Neal’s domain at the Miami Herald has expanded to include writing about Panthers (NHL and FIU), Dolphins, old school animation, food safety, fraud, naughty lawyers, bad doctors and all manner of breaking news. He drinks coladas whole. He does not work Indianapolis 500 Race Day.

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