Fort Riley Commissary Takes Precautionary Measure
By Staff Report
| April 26, 2014
Fort Riley, KS --
The Fort Riley Commissary cautions patrons who purchased 80-percent
lean ground beef Friday, after 1 p.m., at the commissary.
As a precautionary measure, patrons who purchased 80-percent lean
ground beef marked with a pack date of April 25, 2014 and an
expiration date of April 26, 2014, are asked to discard it or return
it to the Fort Riley Commissary for a refund, according to Peter
Howell, Fort Riley Commissary Director. Employees discovered metal
flecks inside the grinder while they were disassembling the grinder
“We immediately called our military food inspectors and pulled all the
80-percent lean ground beef off the shelves,” Howell said. “We believe
5 to 20 pounds of the 80-percent lean ground beef may have been
purchased before we were able to pull it off the shelves.”
No other fresh or frozen beef products are affected and only the
80-percent lean ground beef labeled with a pack date of April 25, 2014
and an expiration date of April 26, 2014, can be returned for a
“Military food inspectors re-inspected the ground beef and found no
evidence of metal flecks in the finished product,” said Howell. “We
still felt it was best to caution patrons as the safety and well being
of our patrons is the primary concern.”
The health effects of metal flecks are limited to the physical injury
caused by eating them. Small flecks are likely to pass through the
body unnoticed, according to Col. Paul Benne, Chief, Fort Riley
Department of Public Health. Larger flecks could possibly cause injury
to teeth with chewing or to the rest of the gastrointestinal system.
Symptoms could include upset stomach; mouth, throat or stomach pain;
or blood in the stool.
Patrons who purchased and consumed the 80-percent lean ground beef and
who are experiencing any symptoms should seek medical attention.