Harvest Public Media
12:24 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Beef Sent To Kansas City Restaurant Recalled Due To Mad Cow Fear

Food safety regulators are recalling beef that could be tainted by parts of cattle nervous system that can carry mad cow disease and a Kansas City restaurant may be affected.

Fruitland American Meat, which is based in Jackson, Mo., distributed some of the recalled meat to a Kansas City restaurant, according to the USDA. Regulators have not named the restaurant, but said the meat was also distributed to a restaurant in New York, N.Y., and a Whole Foods distribution center in Connecticut.

The company is recalling 4,012 pounds of bone-in “Rain Crow Ranch Ribeye” produced and packaged between September 2013 and April 2014. Sections of the cattle nervous system may not have been completely removed from the beef, though removal is required in cattle 30-months-old and older. In general, the tissue can contain the infective agent in cattle infected with Bovine Spongiform Encephalophy (BSE), otherwise known as mad cow disease.

There is no indication that any of the slaughtered cattle displayed any signs of BSE and every animal received a post-slaughter inspection, according to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

Neither FSIS nor Fruitland American Meat have received any reports of adverse reactions from consumption of the recalled meat.