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Beef Recalled That Was Sold at Whole Foods Market

Potentially contaminated beef was distributed to New England stores.

More than 4,000 pounds of beef are being recalled because of potential risk of mad cow disease.

The US Department of Agriculture said that some of the potentially contaminated beef from Fruitland American Meat, based in Jackson, MO, was sent to a Whole Foods Market distribution center in Connecticut. That center serves all Whole Foods stores in New England.

The USDA said no cattle showed signs of mad cow disease, also called Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), and that the health risk is “low.”

The issue is that the dorsal root ganglia may not have been completely removed from the cattle, which is not compliant with agency regulations.

According to the USDA:

“The problem was discovered by FSIS during a review of company slaughter logs. The problem may have occurred as a result of the way some company employees were recording information and determining the age of various cattle. Dorsal root ganglia, branches of the nervous system located in the vertebral column are considered specified risk materials (SRMs) and must be removed from cattle 30 months of age and older in accordance with FSIS regulations. SRMs are tissues that may contain the infective agent in cattle infected with Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), as well as materials that are closely associated with these potentially infective tissues. Therefore, FSIS prohibits SRMs from use as human food to minimize potential human exposure to the BSE agent.”

Find out more about the recall.

Holly Pearson June 13, 2014 at 08:56 AM
Maybe the cows are mad as hell and they're not going to take it anymore.
Derek Duchemin June 13, 2014 at 09:19 AM
Wow Holly lol that was good I will give you that. and maybe if there wasn't so much steroids and other garbage in the cattle and cows there wouldn't be this kind of problem.
Hans van Lingen June 13, 2014 at 11:16 AM
I thought whole foods only sold meat that was treated humanely and sung lullabies until they get chopped into little pieces and eaten?
Gretchen Robinson June 13, 2014 at 01:11 PM
this happens because of the disgusting things that are fed to cows these days as 'feed'--if you feed animals the remaining byproducts after taking the meat, what do you expect? you don't feed cows the ground up bone of their own kind!!! That's just common sense!
Gretchen Robinson June 13, 2014 at 01:15 PM
a cursory look led me to this: http://www.intellihub.com/cows-eat-what-6-surprising-things-fed-to-us-cows/ I've long heard that feed cows get fed the feces laden litter from the bottom of the cages. That's disgusting. If "you are what you eat, includes humans, second hand, then we're messed up. This is almost as bad as the 'pink slime' ground beef scandal.

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