Fruitland American Meat, a Jackson, MO. company, recalled approximately 4,012 pounds of fresh beef products due to concerns about specified risk materials (SRM), a component of the firewall against bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).
The Food Safety Inspection Service said the beef was recalled because the dorsal root ganglia may not have been completely removed, which is not compliant with agency regulations that require their removal in cattle 30 months of age and older. The meat in question was distributed to a Whole Foods distribution center in Connecticut, which services its New England stores, and a restaurant in New York City and another one in Kansas City, Missouri. The beef was produced and packaged between September 2013 and April 2014.
In a statement issued by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service, a spokesperson 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.
"Out of an abundance of caution, FSIS issued a Class II recall (a remote risk) for product that does not have paperwork showing that nerve tissue was removed. FSIS and the company have received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products."