A massive beef recall has been issued by a Missouri-based company for meat that may be tainted, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The company recalling the large amount of beef is called Fruitland American Meat. They are recalling around 4,000 pounds, which they suspect may contain body parts of cows that could carry properties of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE, better known to most as mad cow disease.
Even though the USDA have said that there is no indication that the slaughtered cows showed signs of BSE, the meat has to be recalled as a precaution.
The department said that the beef recall was issued for meat produced between September 2013 and April 2014.
The beef was distributed to restaurants in New York, Kansas City, and another in Missouri. In addition, the same meat was supplied to a Whole Foods distribution center in Connecticut.
The problem with the beef was discovered by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service during a routine inspection of the company’s slaughter logs. It said that the issue may be to do with the age of the cattle at the time they were slaughtered.
According to standard safety procedures, the dorsal root ganglia within the nervous system of the animal needs to be removed from cattle that are 30 months and older.
Even though a beef recall is in place, there haven’t yet been any reports of adverse reactions from people who consumed the meat. The recall is classified as Class II, which means there is only a “remote probability” of health problems associated with it.
The beef recall includes quartered beef carcasses with the establishment number “EST. 2316,” and 80-lb. cases containing two cryovac packages of bone marked “Rain Crow Ranch Ribeye,” also bearing the number “EST. 2316” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The following production dates are printed on the box: 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.