The grocer warned customers about a material tainting thousands of pounds of ground beef chub.

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Nov. 17, 2022Updated: Nov. 18, 2022 9:04 a.m.

H-E-B found “mirror-like” material in thousands of pounds of ground beef distributed throughout Texas. 

Steve Gonzales, Houston Chronicle / Staff photographer

Thousands of pounds of H-E-B ground beef have been pulled from the Texas grocer’s shelves due to the presence of a mysterious contaminant, according to a release published Wednesday. The notice alerted customers that H-E-B supplier Tyson Foods Inc. has issued a recall for 94,000 pounds worth of ground beef going to H-E-B and one of its subsidiary brands, Hill Country Fare.

The bad beef came out of Tyson Foods’ Amarillo facility and may be contaminated with a “mirror-like material,” an H-E-B spokesperson said in the release. 

The primary products affected are H-E-B’s “chubs” of ground beef (think cylinders wrapped in thin plastic). The chubs included in the recall are five-pound chubs of H-E-B 80 percent ground chuck, which are sold at H-E-B, Central Market, Joe V’s and Mi Tienda stores across Texas. Five and ten-pound chubs of Hill Country Fare’s 73 percent ground beef are also included in the recall. 

The company said that any contaminated products included in the recall have a freeze-by date of November 25, 2022. All recalled products have been removed from shelves and there have been no injuries reported as a result of the consumption of a recalled product. H-E-B officials said in the release that any customers who purchased chubs affected by the recall can return them to the store for a refund. 

Customers can also call Tyson Consumer Relations with questions at 1-800-643-3410, or H-E-B Customer Service at 1-855-432-4438 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

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Michael Murney is a reporter at Chron and a reporting fellow with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. He was previously a staff writer with the Dallas Observer and has written for Chicago’s South Side Weekly and the Chicago Reader.

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