Over 4,000 pounds of beef has been recalled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for fear it has been contaminated by mad cow disease, some of which was sent to Whole Foods.

The possibly infected meat, which was sold in the form of one-in rib-eye roasts, made its way into 34 Whole Foods stores in the Northeastern area of the US. It also made its way into a restaurant in New York City and a restaurant in Kansas City, MO.

The situation has been labeled by the USDA as a low-risk, class two recall. Currently, no illnesses have been reported.

The recalled beef was processed at Fruitland American Meat in Jackson, Mo, and was packaged between September 2013 and April 2014. Both bone-in Rain Crow Ranch Ribeye and quartered beef carcasses have been recalled. They both have the establishment number of 2316.

Fruitland American Meat’s slaughter logs indicated that the cows being turned into beef were not in compliance with USDA regulations. They still had their dorsal root ganglia, and the USDA requires its full removal in cows over 30 months old.

The dorsal root ganglia is labeled as a specific risk material, or a SRM.

“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,” said the USDA in a statement.

A USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service public health veterinarian inspected all the cows in question, yet found no trace of mad cow disease.

Mad cow disease, which is officially known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy, is a disease that attacks the brain. It can cause dementia, memory loss, hallucination, psychosis, and other mind altering changes. It is fatal, as there is not cure for it.

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18 Responses

  1. amclarney

    Lawyers to the starting line get ready to sue for all dementia patients and their families.

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  4. Annette Greco

    So the FDA considers potentially mad-cow infected beef safe if the dorsal root gangia has been removed? That’s a new one. What a low standard.

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  5. Responsible For My Actions

    Another of the many reasons not to eat beef!

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  9. LukeVA

    The power of prions. Glad they found this but I still don’t trust the inspection process since the meat processors are more interested in protecting themselves than following the law. Otherwise they wouldn’t have made it illegal for workers to report there are illegal activities going on with the employers. Definitely makes me less inclined to eat meat since I like it so much. It’s too bad the companies don’t give more confidence to customers.

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  10. Beststash

    It’s just not worth taking the risk of eating beef. I much prefer fish or fowl. Red meat should be always eaten in limited amounts. It’s just not good for ya.

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    • Dude

      What an insightful and well-researched comment. Could you provide the internet with any additional wisdom? A book perhaps?

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    • Jill

      Yes, let’s all stock up on tilapia, farm raised in nice safe stainless steel tanks. I am particularly fond of Atlantic Salmon, raised on Purina Fish Chow, with coloring agents added to turn the farm raised gray to pink. Perhaps some of those nice Asian farmed shrimp, from unknown waters? Trout? Farm raised harvests from Idaho make up near 100% of commercial production.

      Maybe we just watch the recalls, and eat a wide variety of food, including our predominant GMO fruit and vegetables, beef, pork and chicken?

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      • Responsible For My Actions

        Try vegetables, much more healthy. Don’t forget to wash them first.

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