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A Missouri Beef Company Issues A Recall of More than 4,000 Pounds of Its Products
- Updated: June 13, 2014
A Missouri company, Fruitland American Meat, has recalled more than 4,000 pounds of its beef products due to a remote chance that the products could expose the general public to Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) or mad cow disease, the United States’ Department of Agriculture has said.
On Thursday the USDA said that a Connecticut’s Whole Foods distribution center had received the products in question.
North Atlantic Whole Foods’ spokesperson, Heather McCready, on Thursday afternoon said that all apart from one of Massachusetts’ stores received the recalled products. The stores affected by the recall are located in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine and Rhode Island. In total the recall affects 34 stores out of 383 in the country.
McCready said they are monitoring the issue with one of their supplies to ensure they comply fully with USDA’s regulations and the firm’s set standards. So far, the spokesperson says they haven’t heard of any case of mad cow disease or any illness that can be linked to the recalled products.
According to USDA, there is no evidence to suggest that any cattle had BSE. The reason for the recall is the dorsal root ganglia which must be completely removed and USDA says the firm may not have followed the specified procedures. The tissues responsible for mad cow disease virus are located in the brain and the spinal cord of cattle. USDA requires that dorsal root ganglia be completely removed in cattle more than 30 months old.
The recall has been classified as Class II recall. According to USDA “it is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product,”