Recalled Beef Was Sent To Whole Foods Distribution Center In Connecticut

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FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- A company has recalled a possibly tainted beef product that was distributed to a Whole Foods distribution center in Connecticut that services its stores in New England, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.

Fruitland American Meat, based in Jackson, Mo., is recalling 4,012 pounds of fresh beef products because it could contain parts of the nervous system that can carry properties related to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, the USDA said on its website Wednesday.

BSE is fatal to cows and can cause a fatal human brain disease in people who eat tainted beef. But the USDA said there’s no indication the slaughtered cattle showed signs of BSE.

The USDA said the products were made from September 2013 to April 2014 and distributed to a restaurants in New York City and Kansas City, Mo., and to a Whole Foods distribution center in Connecticut.

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service found the possible problem while reviewing the company’s slaughter logs and said the issue may have been a result of how employees determined the age of cattle.

The agency characterized the recall as a Class II recall, meaning there’s a “remote probability” of health problems associated with using the recalled product.

The products subject to recall include: 40-pound cases containing two, 20-pound cryovac packages of bone-in “Rain Crow Ranch Ribeye” bearing the establishment number “EST. 2316” inside the USDA mark of inspection 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.

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One more reason to stay away from meat whenever possible.