Missouri firm recalls over 4,000 pounds of beef over mad cow concerns

(Reuters) — A Missouri slaughterhouse has recalled 1,800 kilograms of fresh beef because the nervous tissue that may contain the BSE disease pathogen may not have been properly removed from the meat before shipment, a federal food safety agency said.

The recalled bone-in ribeye roasts and quartered carcasses from Jackson, Missouri-based Fruitland American Meat were delivered to restaurants in New York City and Kansas City, Missouri, as well as a Whole Foods distribution centre in Connecticut that services the region, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a statement on June 11.

The agency said no adverse events have been reported. Officials at the agency did not respond to requests for comment.

The Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service discovered the problem during a review of the company’s slaughter logs. Reviewers found the firm may not have removed dorsal root ganglia tissue from cattle aged 30 months and older, in violation of federal regulations.

That tissue is considered a risk material as it can contain the pathogen responsible for BSE, in affected cows. The disease is transmissible to humans and can be fatal.

The agency rated the health risk of the recall as low.

In April, a Texas man became the fourth person in the country to die of a fatal brain illness thought to be caused by BSE, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

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