Following complaints from schools, Procesadora La Hacienda Inc. of San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, is recalling 2,400 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) corned beef that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically soft plastic and metal.

The RTE corned beef was produced on Oct. 4 and were shipped to institutions in Puerto Rico, according to the recall notice posted on the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service website. All of the corned beef products subject to this recall has the establishment number “EST. 21217A” printed inside the USDA mark of inspection on their labels.

Other information that can be used to identify the recalled meat is as follows:

10-lb. boxes containing two 5-lb. packages of “PROCESADORA La Hacienda, Inc. CORNED BEEF, TUBED with “Lot: 10/4/18”, and an expiration date of “Exp. 12/4/18.”

“The problem was discovered after the firm received consumer complaints from schools that received the product. 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,” according to the recall notice.

“FSIS has received no reports of injury or illness from consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.”

Federal officials are concerned that some of the recalled corned beef might 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.

Consumers with questions about commercially produced food products affected by the recall can contact Wilfredo Figueroa, president of Procesadora La Hacienda, at 787-612-7276.

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