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Reported by Nigel Boys
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Fruitland American Meat Company of Jackson, Missouri, has recalled over 4,000 pounds of fresh beef that have been sent out to their distributors, due to fear of Mad Cow disease.
Reportedly, the meat in question was distributed to a Whole Foods distribution center in Connecticut and then on to stores in New England and at least two restaurants: one in New York City and the other in Kansas City.
Apparently USDA inspectors were concerned because the company had not removed certain types of brain and nerve tissue from the meat before distribution. These tissues can contain the proteins that cause mad cow disease.
However, the inspectors did not find any indication that any of the slaughtered animals showed signs of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, and the USDA believes the hazard to humans is “low” or “remote.”
A spokesman for the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Services said, “All of these animals received full inspection, both before and after slaughter, by FSIS personnel and showed no abnormal signs or symptoms associated with BSE.” He continued, “Out of an abundance of caution, FSIS issued a Class II recall for product that does not have paperwork showing that nerve tissue was removed.”
The FSIS further noted that they have not received any reports of harmful incidents, bad reactions, or suspicious symptoms due to the consumption of the said meat packages.
Reportedly, the beef was produced and packaged at the meat company between September 2013 and April 2014.
Upon consumption of meat that is tainted with mad cow disease, a human could develop Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), which is rare but sometimes fatal, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They further add that there have been around 220 cases of confirmed CJD around the world since 1996, but most of those cases were in England or France.
However, there have been four confirmed cases of CJD in the U.S., including one of a man who recently died in Texas, adds the CDCP.