News Releases

June 12, 2014

Missouri Firm Recalls Ribeye and Carcass Products

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services received information regarding a recall of 4,012 pounds of fresh beef products because the dorsal root ganglia may not have been completely removed.

The products subject to recall include:

The products were produced and packaged on various dates between September 2013 and April 2014. The bone-in ribeye roasts were the source material of concern.

The bone-in ribeye roasts were distributed to a restaurant in New York, N.Y., and a Whole Foods distribution center in Connecticut, which services its stores in New England.

The quartered carcasses were distributed to an FSIS-inspected establishment in Missouri for further processing and distribution, and to a restaurant in Kansas City, Mo. All products would have been processed into smaller cuts with no identifying consumer packaging.

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.

The full recall can be found at www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2014/recall-034-2014-release.

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