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Jun 13, 2014 01:04 PM EDT

Beef Recalled Over Mad Cow Concerns


A Missouri company is recalling more than 4,000 pounds of beef over concerns that it might contain "specified risk materials" associated with Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), also referred to as mad cow disease," Gothamist reported.

The United States Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Wednesday that Fruitland American Meat has recalled possibly tainted beef products distributed to two restaurants and a grocery chain.

"The dorsal root ganglia may not have been completely removed, which is not compliant with agency regulations that require their removal in cattle 30 months of age and older, "the USDA said in a news release.

 The meat was processed at their facility and distributed to a Whole Foods distribution center in Connecticut.

The problem was discovered by FSIS during a review of company slaughter logs. According to the USDA, the problem may have occurred as a result of the way some company employees were recording information and determining the age of various cattle.

According to, not all beef is at risk. The bone-in "Rain Crow Ranch Ribeye" with the following production dates: 9/5/13, 9/10/13, 9/11/13, 9/26/13, 10/2/13, 10/3/2013, 11/8/13, 11/22/13, 12/17/13, 12/26/13, 12/27/13,1/16/14, 1/17/14, 1/23/14, 1/31/14, 2/13/14, 2/14/14, 2/21/14, 2/28/14, 3/8/14, 3/20/14, 4/4/14 or 4/25/14 printed on the box, and quartered beef carcasses bearing establishment number EST. 2316 inside the USDA mark of inspection are currently being recalled.

The meat company said the bone-in ribeye roasts were distributed to a restaurant in New York City, and a Whole Foods distribution center in Connecticut which services its stores in New England. The quartered carcasses were distributed to an FSIS-inspected establishment in Missouri for further processing and distribution, and to a restaurant in Kansas City, Mo.

However, the USDA said there is no indication that any of the cattle slaughtered displayed any signs of mad cow disease.

There have been no reports of adverse reactions to eating the products, according to the USDA.

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