H-E-B: Metal found in beef was isolated incident

SAN ANTONIO (KXAN) – H-E-B officials say a metal fragment found inside a package of meat a Buchanan Dam woman bought was an isolated incident, and not part of a larger recall. H-E-B’s director of public affairs said their corporate quality assurance laboratory analyzed the metal fragment and found that it included a type of stainless steel as well as a coating that contains lead, which is not allowed for use in food-processing equipment.

The analysis “strongly suggests that this fragment was introduced after the manufacturing and packaging process, therefore we believe it to be an isolated incident,” the company said.

While it sounds familiar, this case was not related to H-E-B’s recall of more than 90,000 pounds of ground beef. The store is investigating the possible contamination of several products after four people complained they found metal mixed in with ground beef they bought. In one case, a customer chipped a tooth.

The affected products are labeled either “H-E-B Ground Chuck” or “H-E-B Ground Sirloin.” The beef was shipped from a company called “Sam Kane Beef Processors” in Corpus Christi.

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