Mad cow disease fear causes Missouri company to recall 4,000 pounds of beef

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Missouri company is recalling possibly tainted beef products distributed to restaurants and a grocery chain.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a release Wednesday that Jackson-based Fruitland American Meat is recalling about 4,012 pounds of beef because it could contain parts of the nervous system that can carry properties related to bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease.

BSE is fatal to cows and can cause a fatal human brain disease in people who eat tainted beef.

The USDA says there’s no indication that the slaughtered cattle showed signs of BSE.

Click here for more from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.

The department says the products were produced between September 2013 and April 2014 and were distributed to a restaurant in New York, New York, another in Kansas City, Missouri, and a Whole Foods distribution center in Connecticut.

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8 comments

    • Mo

      Mad Cow Disease isn’t just from the UK, it’s not endemic to any particular area.
      It comes from the practice of feeding cows other cows because whatever company is skimping on actual food to save costs; essentially forced cannibalism.

      Do this for long enough and the cows will begin to develop the disease. When their brain matter or spinal cord somehow find their way into the meat-product at the slaughterhouse, it saturates the meat and becomes an issue for any human consuming it.

      So in all likelyhood it probably did come from the US.

  • Rusty Kahrs

    Very misleading article—-no BSE was involved. If the article is to be believed, then there was just a cross contamination of the tissue that could carry the protein where BSE (when present) is found. BSE is believed to be caused by feeding “blood meal” as a protein source to cattle—this practice has been banned domestically for decades and the cases which have been found inside the United States have nearly if not all been traced to Canadian sources. Beef produced in the United States is one of the safest sources of protein in the world, the safety and best practices are second to none…..I’ll be eating steak tomorrow night!

    • Raewyn Honeycutt

      Clearly the concern is about the processing of the meat and because vCJD is so deadly, and untreatable, that’s why they’re on alert. If there is a case of BSE found in one herd, they may very well slaughter a whole county’s cows and then state and then…next? It would be bad for farmers of both cattle and for farmers supplying feed, not to mention the BGH/BST and antibiotic suppliers that have their tentacles in the feed lot enterprise.